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AirAsia flight arrived in Melbourne instead of KL after pilot error

Last year, an AirAsia flight from Sydney due to arrive in Kuala Lumpur instead landed in Melbourne, authorities have announced today.

As reported in UK publication The Guardian, The flight was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 9pm on 10 March 2015 but the pilot entered the wrong coordinates into the plane’s navigation system, said a report published by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today.

Due to technical difficulties, the captain was forced to swap duties with his first officer and he manually entered the plane’s current coordinates into the plane’s internal navigation system.

He should have entered the longitude as 151° 9.8’ east, or 15109.8 in the system, he incorrectly entered it as 15° 19.8’ east, or 01519.8. Melbourne airport is 722km southwest of Sydney; Kuala Lumpur is 6,611km northwest.

“This resulted in a positional error in excess of 11,000km, which adversely affected the aircraft’s navigation systems and some alerting systems,”
– The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).

Due to various missed opportunities later to correct the error, the plane’s autopilot started to track in the wrong direction.

“Attempts to troubleshoot and rectify the problem resulted in further degradation of the navigation system, as well as to the aircraft’s flight guidance and flight control systems”, added the ATSB.

The pilot requested to return to Sydney but they required a ‘visual approach’, without the assistance of on board navigation systems, to land. Air traffic control in Sydney told them to instead head to Melbourne because of poor visibility. After three hours on the runway in Melbourne, the flight eventually arrived in KL six hours behind schedule.

Comments

Syd Stewart

More overwelming evidence of AirAsia’s overall incompitence..!

Nanie M. Ali

So many keyboard warriors talking like they’re in the airline industry. Geez.

Trisha Sutter

Oh dear!!Debbie O’Halloran

Debbie O'Halloran

Omg!! They make many mistakes!! ?

Trisha Sutter

Debbie O’Halloran no no really I think it was a semi emergency landing to fix a prob!!i love Air Asia it’s always an adventure!!!!??✈️

Henning Nassler

At least it landed.. that still makes it 2:1 in favour of AirAsia. What? A stupid article deserves a stupid comment…

Jen Tan Png

David Chapati Png
Your next flight Air Asia

Love Cristan

Its ok la.. at least he landed on a land & the plane is found..

Brandon Foo

Malaysians need to learn not to trust everything on the Internet.

Steven Harvey

That’s right. The 1MDB embezzlement didn’t happen. The government told us so…

Sarvish Ganapathy

Thineshraaj Naidu Jaya Raman I’ll speak to tony

Thineshraaj Naidu Jaya Raman

HAHAHAHAH. This is the funniest headline ever.

Sarvish Ganapathy

Thineshraaj Naidu Jaya Raman Ikr. You should have given the chance. Knowing that there’s people like you ?

Thineshraaj Naidu Jaya Raman

HAHAHAHAH. I’m not alone. HAHAHAHA. Imagine the people in the plane.HAHAHAHAH

Alex Stavenuiter

Lia Harris we could see the block

Nona Othman

Sib baek x melencong ke Diego Garcia Salina Shahabudin

Salina Shahabudin

Kalo g situ x jd tourist la kita jd p.i la ko kan ada camera canggih jgn gerak?

Aida Othman

Tak yah nak neves2 Salina Shahabudin. Pilot vangang camne pun Airline ni juga yg kita mampu…

Nona Othman

HaHaHa..Jgn Gerak. Assistant aku pegang lampu tu kelako.

Salina Shahabudin

Aida Othman ko buat aku double neves. Tambah meal satu lg. I eat when I neves

Jasmine Koay Chie Min

Elven Koay Li Xian omg I am taking airasia to kl next month

Elven Koay Li Xian

Jasmine Koay Chie Min lol.. No worries la. One-off incident

Michael N Vicki Bates

Mmm,Mmmm, gotta love that Airbus- pos.

Chrystal Goh

I think the pilot wana go Melbourne lah

Srikanth Nayaka

ha ha beter he selected melboune not auckland or willington in newzeland.otherwise flight would be sling on the ocean.finaly pilot fulfil his dream vist to melburne.happy nxt error trip to auckland ha ha

Niko Toyse

Do you wanna go airport?

Zira Hashim

Nur Ashikin Fathin Mohd Akhrir

Penny Law

Misleading headline. Data entry error caused the navigational system to malfunction. The pilots wanted to turn back to Sydney to get the problem sorted out but due to bad weather conditions, they were diverted to Melbourne instead.

Nor Azim Hakim

Exactly! Even the admin doesnt seemed to read the article..simply unreliable and irresponsible!

Far East

But the primary data was wrongly keyed in by the pilot himself as in the article. No?

Penny Law

Yes but the headline made it look as if the pilot had keyed in the coordinates for Melbourne instead of KL.

Nor Azim Hakim

They realized the thing literally few moments after the aircraft lifted off..yes it was an error that could have been prevented before the aircraft took off but things like this do happen, and given the situation, pilot did what they were supposed to do..brought the plane safely on ground to rectify the issue..it wouldnt be such a misleading headline should the aircraft landed back into Sydney..just that it diverted into Melbourne making as if the pilot didnt know that they were heading to Melbourne..in short words, pilot dont simply fly blindy..please read and understand the whole article before commenting anything..tq..

Nor Azim Hakim

bare in mind this happened March last year..unlike any other industry, aviation do learn from mistakes..hence why the report took more than a year to be completed..impactful? i call that irresponsible journalism..

Srikanth Nayaka

stupid reasons are not countable in this mater.its mater of 100 of passenger lifs who travel on board.reason like data entry code and decoding problem no one wil count it.its piolt and ATS responsible to check eveything befor flight take off.

Maruf Ahmed Tomal

“He should have entered the longitude as 151° 9.8’ east, or 15109.8 in the system, he incorrectly entered it as 15° 19.8’ east, or 01519.8. Melbourne airport is 722km southwest of Sydney; Kuala Lumpur is 6,611km northwest.”

Lisa Collard

How would they have had the fuel?

Christian Grothe

Wenn du beim Kreisel die falsche Ausfahrt nimmst…

Christian Max Powr

Ausfahrt verpasst wegen Facebook. Oder irgendwas krasses gegessen, Durchfall, notlanden.

Christian Grothe

Oder grad ein Drink gemixt…wie das halt so ist

Anaïs Lopez Aude LeMarec

Aude Cognon comme quoi Il y a des avantages avec airasia

Aude Cognon

mdrrr . Ca aurait été lourd

Lee Henry

Darren Lee YJ i wish i was in the plane!

Mehdad Mamur Mannan

And imagine these dumb heads fly airplanes and take us from here to there! It’s rather scary.

Fahmy Khai

Reading the article would be good.. Actually combination of human error, bad weather and systems malfunction.. so misleading headline and you’re not smart enough to understand

Gozali Rahman

maybe just an excuse…. pilot is hunting rare pokemon!!!!

WikiandTrev Leslie

That is soo funny… I like it

Ben Nurudin Jamit

Malaysia boleh. All boleh. Boleh salah some more…

Fahmy Khai

Misleading headline.. baca betul2

Maruf Ahmed Tomal

Only possible for AirAsia, stupid airline

Fahmy Khai

Would be less stupid if you actually read the article. Actually combination of human error, bad weather and systems malfunction.. so misleading headline and you’re not smart enough to understand

Maruf Ahmed Tomal

Would you mind reading again (smart-enough to understand),
“As reported in UK publication The Guardian, The flight was scheduled to arrive in Kuala Lumpur at 9pm on 10 March 2015 but the pilot entered the wrong coordinates into the plane’s navigation system, said a report published by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) today.

Due to technical difficulties, the captain was forced to swap duties with his first officer and he manually entered the plane’s current coordinates into the plane’s internal navigation system.”

Maruf Ahmed Tomal

He should have entered the longitude as 151° 9.8’ east, or 15109.8 in the system, he incorrectly entered it as 15° 19.8’ east, or 01519.8. Melbourne airport is 722km southwest of Sydney; Kuala Lumpur is 6,611km northwest.

Maruf Ahmed Tomal

Instead of justifying error, better concentrate on rectifying or rely on foreign experts, because without them smart enough malays are of no good use.

Fahmy Khai

Yawn a racist asshole you are. No need justification

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