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MH132: Malaysia Airlines confirms mix-up sent flight from Auckland on wrong path
Beleaguered Malaysia Airlines suffered fresh embarrassment over the weekend after it was revealed a Christmas Day flight from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur flew in the wrong direction for eight minutes after air traffic controllers were given the wrong flight plan.
The New Zealand Herald reported the pilot of flight MH132 queried the route his Airbus A330 was taking after he noticed it was headed further south than expected.
Malaysia Airlines confirmed in a statement that there had been a mix up with the early-morning service's flight plans.
"On December 24th 2015 our flight MH132 from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur was given the latest flight plan by the airline's Operations Dispatch Centre," the statement says.
"Auckland's Air Traffic Control (ATC) was inadvertently given 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."
The airline said it was investigating the incident.
A spokeswoman for New Zealand's Airways Corporation said the incident would be investigated by its internal team. "The flight plan the airline filed with us was going to Kuala Lumpur but via a slightly different route than the pilot was expecting," she told the New Zealand Herald.
Malaysia Airlines' horror run began in March 2014 when flight MH370 disappeared en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 passengers and crew on board.
Just over four months later flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine while flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.
Earlier this year Malaysia Airlines appointed German airline executive Christoph Mueller as chief executive, tasking him with rebuilding the airline after the string of disasters.