Air Asia flight out of Perth turns left instead of right
Exclusive , Geoffrey Thomas, Aviation Editor, PerthNow
December 2, 2017 7:30AM
AUSTRALIA’S accident watchdog has launched an investigation into an incident at Perth Airport where an AirAsia jet turned the wrong way after take off.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau advised yesterday that on Friday last week an Indonesian AirAsia A320 operating from Perth to Bali turned left immediately after take-off instead of flying about 8km south and turning right.
The ATSB said: “Shortly after departing Perth Airport, the aircraft was observed turning left at about 300ft (100m).
“This was contrary to the standard instrument departure, which required the aircraft to turn right when at 5nm (9.26km).
“Air traffic control then instructed the crew to turn on to a southerly heading and the flight continued without further incident.”
The ATSB will interview the flight crew, review the recorded flight data and gather additional information.
The incident is similar to another in 2015 involving AirAsia X in Sydney.
In that incident the captain entered the wrong longitude into an Airbus A330’s navigation system, making the plane’s computer believe it was 11,000km from its location at Sydney Airport.
The bungle caused the Air Asia X plane to fly in the wrong direction and across the departure path of an adjacent runway.
Of the investigations into AirAsia’s operations, four involve incidents in WA.
In February last year, an AirAsia A320 flew 300m below the glide slope to Perth Airport at night, leading to the captain having to abort the landing.
Edited by xtemujin, 02 December 2017 - 05:55 PM.