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SIA, Jetstar planes' close shave under probe

Published on Apr 26, 2014 9:37 AM
 
The Australian authorities are investigating after a Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane and a Jetstar Airways aircraft came too close as they flew over northern Australia on Thursday. -- ST FILE PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG

The Australian authorities are investigating after a Singapore Airlines (SIA) plane and a Jetstar Airways aircraft came too close as they flew over northern Australia on Thursday.

The SIA jet was cruising from Brisbane, Australia, to Singapore when a Jetstar aircraft from the opposite direction started to climb and the planes got too near each other.

It is not clear what the distance between the planes was or if there was any danger of a mid-air collision, but it was serious enough to warrant an official investigation by the Australian Air Transport Safety Bureau.

A bureau spokesman told The Straits Times yesterday: "We get about 100 such cases a year and investigate a small number that are deemed as potentially more serious. This does not necessarily mean, though, that in this case, there was any danger of a mid-air collision."

 
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