Two Qantas A330s in near-miss

Air traffic control appears to have been in error

The pilots of two Qantas A330s flying over Australia had to take fast evasive action to avoid a collision. The planes were travelling in opposite directions between Sydney and Perth and got too close to each other near Adelaide.

“Two Qantas Airbus A330 aircraft have had a loss of separation over Adelaide,” Qantas confirmed in a statement, adding that no passengers were affected in the incident.

“Indications are that the loss of separation occurred when one of the Qantas aircraft received clearance to climb from air traffic control.”

An alert sounded in the cockpits, telling the pilots to follow “standard operating procedures in re-establishing the required separation distance”.

Yahoo! New Zealand

[pictured: Airbus A330; courtesy Qantas]


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