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    An investigation has been launched after a Malaysia Airlines plane took off from Auckland Airport on Christmas Day and surprised the pilot with the direction it started flying.Just eight minutes into the direct flight to Kuala Lumpur, MH132's pilot queried why his Airbus A330 was heading so far south.
    He wondered why the plane was heading towards Melbourne and not taking a more direct flight path to the Malaysian capital.
    It is understood passengers on board the flight, which left at 2.23am Christmas Day, were not alerted to the mix-up.
    During discussions with air traffic controllers at the Auckland Oceanic control centre, the pilot was informed of the flight plan his airline had given to Airways, which manages air traffic control for New Zealand and South Pacific.
    He then continued across the Tasman Sea before heading northwest to Kuala Lumpur.
    Although there were no apparent safety concerns with the confusion, Airways yesterday confirmed it was investigating.
    "We have an internal safety team who will investigate it," a spokeswoman said.
    "The flight plan the airline filed with us was going to Kuala Lumpur but via a slightly different route than the pilot was expecting."


    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/ar...ref=NZH_FBpage
    AirDisaster.com Forum Member 2004-2008

    Originally posted by orangehuggy
    the most dangerous part of a flight is not the take off or landing anymore, its when a flight crew member goes to the toilet

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    Originally posted by James Bond View Post
    New Zealand aviation commentator Peter Clark praised the pilot for his actions.

    "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," he said.
    Ahh, yes... Aviation Expert Peter Clark...
    http://www.pprune.org/pacific-genera...ter-clark.html

    The pilot certainly would have done an even "better job" by noticing it when he reviewed it prior to takeoff. But he still did a "really really good job" by noticing his magenta line on the ND thing. Bravo!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Evan View Post
      The pilot certainly would have done an even "better job" by noticing it when he reviewed it prior to takeoff. But he still did a "really really good job" by noticing his magenta line on the ND thing. Bravo!
      I don't believe that the pilot "failed to review" the flight plan. (He has to enter the damn thing in the FMS if I"m not mistaken). I'm guessing this was more like ATC being given a flight plan to a whole other destination...

      "Ummm, departure, is there a good reason we aren't on THIS heading????."

      And maybe he figured it out without even looking at his magenta line...Pilots generally do a pretty good job, you know.
      Les règles de l'aviation de base découragent de longues périodes de dur tirer vers le haut.

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