Malaysia A333 over Tasman Sea on Dec 25th 2015, crew, dispatch and ATC out of sync

Last Update: December 27, 2015 / 22:22:28 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 25, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
MH-132

Aircraft Registration
9M-MTG

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

A Malaysia Airlines Airbus A330-300, registration 9M-MTG performing flight MH-132 from Auckland (New Zealand) to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), was climbing out of Auckland on a southwesterly heading consistent with a flight track towards Sydney,NS (Australia), when the crew queried with air traffic control why they were heading that far south. Air Traffic Control cross checked and reported that they had received a flight plan to Kuala Lumpur taking the aircraft across the Tasman Sea on a southerly routing, enter Australia near Sydney and carry on towards Kuala Lumpur. The aircraft continued across the Tasman Sea, entered Australia just south of Sydney and landed safely in Kuala Lumpur on schedule.

The airline confirmed that the aircraft tracked to Kuala Lumpur on a slightly different route that the crew did not expect. The route was selected due to winds at cruise level. An internal safety investigation has been opened however.

On Dec 27th 2015 the airline added that the flight was given the latest flight plan by the airline's dispatch, however, air traffic control inadvertently received 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."
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Dec 25, 2015

Classification
Incident

Flight number
MH-132

Aircraft Registration
9M-MTG

Aircraft Type
Airbus A330-300

ICAO Type Designator
A333

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