Australian Transport Safety Bureau starts investigation into near-miss
Around 300 passengers’ lives were at risk when two passenger aircraft came within metres of crashing into each other in midair above Coolangatta, Queensland, Australia, on July 29. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has just launched an investigation. A Virgin Australia 737-8FE and a Qantas Boeing 737-838 were both flying to Brisbane from Melbourne and were instructed to form a holding pattern in the same area. The Qantas crew contacted air traffic control when they noticed the other aircraft within the 300m vertical separation zone. According to Qantas, air traffic control then immediately told the Virgin Australia plane to restore the minimum separation distance.