AirAsia X flight narrowly avoids collision with Jetstar plane at Australian airport

An aircraft operated by AirAsia X Bhd. taxis on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.
An aircraft operated by AirAsia X Bhd. taxis on the runway at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

PETALING JAYA (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - An AirAsia X flight taking off from an Australian airport came dangerously close to a collision with a Jetstar plane that was about to land, the Xinhua News Agency reported the Australian authorities as saying.

It was reported that the AirAsia plane came within 152m of the Jetstar plane, significantly closer than the 305m set as the minimum vertical separation for major passenger aircraft in Australia.

The incident occurred on Thursday (July 28) morning, north of Coolangatta airport in Queensland. The AirAsia A330 airbus involved in the incident was on its way to New Zealand from the Gold Coast.

AirAsia X Berhad said in a statement on Friday (July 29) that the pilots on board its plane had been following the flight path instructed to them by air traffic control, and the flight had received clearance for take-off before the incident.

"AirAsia X pilots on board flight D7 206 received clearance for take-off at Coolangatta airport on 21 July 2016 and followed the flight path according to the heading and altitude instructed by Air Traffic Control.

"AirAsia X confirmed that the pilots received warning from traffic collision avoidance system and the crew responded immediately to the resolution advisory by reducing the vertical speed according to procedures that they are trained for.

"The aircraft continued its journey safely without any subsequent events," it said.

In its statement, AirAsia X said it would cooperate with Australia's Air Transport Safety Bureau, which is leading the investigation into the incident.