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  • Pilot contacted air traffic controllers minutes after taking off from Auckland
  • Jet was going toward Melbourne, Australia and not north to Kuala Lumpur
  • He then turned the Airbus A330 plane northwest across the Tasman Sea
  • Passengers were unaware of the mix-up which is now being investigated
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  • A Malaysian Airlines pilot contacted air traffic control - after realising his passenger jet was going in the wrong direction during a Christmas Day flight from New Zealand.

    The pilot queried his route minutes after take-off when he became concerned flight MH132 was heading towards Melbourne, Australia and not taking a more direct flight to Kuala Lumpur.

    He then turned the Airbus A330 northwest across the Tasman Sea towards the Malaysian Capital.

     The pilot of flight MH132 heading from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur on Christmas Day was surprised when he noticed the plane was flying the wrong way

     

     The pilot first contacted Airways - New Zealand's air navigation provider - eight minutes after leaving Auckland.

    According to the New Zealand Herald, passengers on board the flight, which took off at 2.23am on Christmas morning, were not made aware of the pilot's discussions with air traffic controllers.

  • A spokeswoman with Airways told the Herald that a safety team will be investigating.

    During their contact with the aircraft, Airways told the pilot about the flight plan they had been given by his airline.

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  • The flight was heading south instead of the usual route north across Malaysia (pictured)

     

     The flight plan the airline filed with us was going to Kuala Lumpur but via a slightly different route than the pilot was expecting,’ the spokesman said. 

     

    Planes sometimes travel across the south of Australia on the way to their destination to avoid head-winds, New Zealand aviation commentator Peter Clark said.

    ‘The pilot was probably not used to going that far south,’ he said.

    ‘The pilot has done a very good job by noticing it, querying it and not just blindly flying off and ending up in the Southern Ocean.’

    Malaysian Airlines did not respond to the Daily Mail for comment. 

     

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3374909/Malaysia-Airline-flew-wrong-direction-pilot-didn-t-know.html#ixzz3vZLDhPOj 

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woodchopper

if u look rooley closely,,he was on course 100mtrs after takeoff,,,,,,,,,,,,, :killself:

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Snoop Pup was at the controls....

 

fashizzle manizzle...

 

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Besides the screw-up,  I'm sure other concerns arise : additional fuel was consumed, potential flight-path conflicts

  with other nearby planes, alertness/competency of the pilots,    etc.

 

Any persons with flight knowledge have any comments?   Might be interesting

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Besides the screw-up,  I'm sure other concerns arise : additional fuel was consumed, potential flight-path conflicts

  with other nearby planes, alertness/competency of the pilots,    etc.

 

Any persons with flight knowledge have any comments?   Might be interesting

 

The press reports are a bit vague - they don't actually say that the aircraft was on an unintended course (though it looks like it).

 

There was certainly a communications screw-up somewhere - it certainly caught the pilot by surprise.

 

Don't pilots normally have a copy of the flight plan?

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Wow! Tony, no wonder the pilot was surprised - with the plane occasionally going backwards at high speed (as the video shows!) - Lol!

 

Is this supposed to be the actual track, or the planned track, or an artists impression of the usual track?

 

 

 

ps.

 

Ive just downloaded and attached the flight history of that flight from <flightrader24.com>

[thanks for the lead Tony]

 

Nothing very unusual about the track crossing the northern half of Oz.

 

I don't know what the 2 colours indicate - I think that red is the planned track and blue/mauve is the actual track?

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Wow! Tony, no wonder the pilot was surprised - with the plane occasionally going backwards at high speed (as the video shows!) - Lol!

 

Is this supposed to be the actual track, or the planned track, or an artists impression of the usual track?

 

Sorry Jon , I forgot to put the link in.

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/12/27/malaysia-airlines-mh-132-aukland-flight-flew-in-wrong-direction_n_8880550.html

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The press reports are a bit vague - they don't actually say that the aircraft was on an unintended course (though it looks like it).

 

There was certainly a communications screw-up somewhere - it certainly caught the pilot by surprise.

 

Don't pilots normally have a copy of the flight plan?

 

Not surprising.  The reality he was not that far off course.

 

Most likely scenario is these guys have flown the route many times and had got accustomed to it.  On this trip dispatch issued a different flight plan than the one filed with ATC, and one of the crew members just blindly entered it into the FMS (Flight Management System) without verifying it against the ATC clearance.

 

 The procedure (that should be followed) is the pilot flying this trip (either Captain or First Officer) enters the flight plan into the FMS, and the non flying pilot verifies it in the FMS against the written flight plan.  Then the Flying pilot receives the ATC clearance and verifies it against what it entered into the FMS while the non flying pilot verifies it as well.

 

 What actually happened is an act of complacency and not following set standards, which is way too common with SE Asian carriers.

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It's a non story - as above - dispatch filed a different plan to that which the Captain expected, or they changed the plan the gave to the crew but didn't change the plan filed with ATC.

 

They weren't going the "wrong way" - they just had a different FIR Boundary waypoint to that which they were expecting.

 

Depending on winds they can actually track pretty much over Sydney before heading to KL.

 

This was the planned route.

 

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS132/history/20151224/1235Z/NZAA/WMKK

 

This was a flight from a week or so before 

 

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/MAS132/history/20151215/1235Z/NZAA/WMKK

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miles-high

This was the planned route. https://flightaware....1235Z/NZAA/WMKKThis was a flight from a week or so before https://flightaware....1235Z/NZAA/WMKK

Wow, what’s going on? According to FlightRadar24 above (by OzTony), the planned route was over Gold Coast, the actual route was over Brisbane… whereas your FlightAware says the actual route was over Sydney… That is a big... huge difference…

 

They tell me the FR24 provides the ADS-B receivers to the “enthusiasts” to track the airplanes, thus, theirs would be, prima facie, the actual track of this particular flight. I do not know how FlightAware tracks the airplanes (via ATC radar? I don’t know)…

 

The great circle path is over Gold Coast so FR24 is more accurate? Haha, I guess it doesn’t make any difference as they landed safely and I will not fly with them anyway… :D

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 I do not know how FlightAware tracks the airplanes (via ATC radar? I don’t know)…

 

All those sites use ADS-B. Enthusiast's receivers.

 

 

 

I will not fly with them anyway…  :D

 

I still would, I'd fly with Air Asia too.

 

I wouldn't set foot on a Indonesian registered aircraft though.

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