A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to abort a take-off after learning that it was on a collision course with an incoming airliner.
Flight MH136, which had 167 passengers on board, was already rolling down the runway at Adelaide Airport yesterday when it was forced to slam on the brakes.
Adelaide Air Traffic Control radioed the flight, bound for Kuala Lumpur, with instructions to abort the takeoff after realising the plane was on a collision course with in incoming jet.
According to Malaysia’s New Straits Times, an official said: ‘MH136 stopped its takeoff safely and waited the required cool-down time on its brakes before departing from Adelaide.’
The Aviation Herald reported ‘that a Tiger Airways Airbus A320 on approach had been too high and too fast on approach’.
Air traffic control reportedly wanted to make sure the Malaysia Airlines A330 ‘didn’t climb underneath’ it.
The news comes just two weeks after another Malaysian Airlines plane, flight MH17, was shot down in a suspected attack by Russian separatist while flying over Ukraine. All 298 people on board, including 80 children, died after the plane was allegedly hit by a BUK surface-to-air missile fired by rebels demanding independence from Ukraine.
On that occasion Malaysia airlines drew criticism for flying over a war-zone, but it was later established that the plane was flying along an agreed flight path through unrestricted airspace. It is believed that separatist fighters accidentally fired on the civilian aircraft, thinking it was military.
And in March this year a third Malaysia Airlines flight, MH370, attracted worldwide media attention after it went missing while traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing and it’s yet to be found.