Malaysia Airlines made yet another unfortunate headline on Christmas Eve when a flight taking off from Auckland, New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur flew in the wrong direction because air traffic control was given the wrong flight plan.
The New Zealand Herald reported the pilot of flight MH132 questioned the route the A330 was told to take.
Malaysia Airlines confirmed in a statement that there was a problem with the flight plan.
“On December 24th 2015 our flight MH132 from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur was given the latest flight plan by the airline’s Operations Dispatch Centre (ODC) whilst Auckland’s Air Traffic Control (ATC) was inadvertently given an earlier flight plan. Both routes were following an approved flight path and the aircraft had enough fuel for both routes. The safety of both passengers and crew were never compromised at any time. Malaysia Airlines is currently conducting its investigation in the flight plan submission.”
It has been a bad couple of years for the airline.
On March 2014 flight MH370 disappeared with 239 passengers on board. About four months later flight MH17 was gunned down over Ukraine.