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Airport Mix-up Malaysia airlines plane flew in the wrong direction

A Malaysia airlines plane took off in Auckland and flew in the wrong direction; the pilot had no idea, until he was asked why he was heading towards the southern ocean.

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A Malaysia airlines plane took off in Auckland and flew in the wrong direction; the pilot had no idea, until he was asked why he was heading towards the southern ocean.

Flight MH132 heading directly from Auckland airport to Kuala Lumpur started heading south towards Melbourne. According to the New Zealand herald, about eight minutes into the flight left at 2:23am, the pilot contacted air traffic controllers in Auckland to see why the flight was not taking a more direct path to Malaysia.

Without informing the passengers about the mix-up, he then steered the plane across the Tasman Sea and began heading Northwest to the Malaysian capital. A spokesman with airways-New Zealand’s air navigation provider said that a safety team would be investigating why it happened.

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

New Zealand aviation commentator, Peter Clark said: “Planes sometimes travel across the south of Australia on the way to their destination to avoid a head clash, the pilot was probably not used to going that far south and did a very good job by noticing it, querying it and not just blindly flying off and ending up in the southern ocean.’

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