Malaysia Airlines experienced a close call of having a third catastrophe on its hands when one of its plane was forced to put on the brakes immediately on a runway in South Australia. The jet was forced to abort a take-off upon learning that another airliner was about to land on the runway the Malaysian plane was about to cross over.
The Australian explains that Flight MH136 was ordered to abort the take-off, slamming on the brakes to avoid a collision with a Tigerair jet. 167 passengers were aboard the Malaysian plane on Tuesday during the incident.
Flight MH136 was taking off from Adelaide Airport in South Australia heading for Kuala Lumpur. Air traffic control at Adelaide urgently alerted the plane that an incoming jet was about to land on the runway.
According to Malaysia’s New Straits Times, an official reveals this:
“MH136 stopped its takeoff safely and waited the required cool-down time on its brakes before departing from Adelaide.”
A statement from Malaysia Airlines reads:
“MH136 was ready to depart Adelaide Airport and already on takeoff roll when it was instructed by Adelaide Air Traffic Control to discontinue its take-off as the inbound aircraft discontinued its landing and was infringing the vicinity of the take-off path.
“Upon receiving the instruction, MH136 stopped safely.”
An senior official at Air Services Australia insists that there really wasn’t a close call. The official says:
“A go-around is a safe and well-practiced maneuver that sees an aircraft discontinue its approach to the runway when landing.
“Additionally, and to ensure the continued safe operations at the airport, air traffic controllers requested an international flight discontinue its takeoff.
“Safety is our priority and at no time was the safety of any passengers or aircraft compromised.”
There were no injuries of the 167 passengers and crew aboard Flight MH136. The plane departed at 8:56 am and arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 3:15 pm Wednesday, according to the report.
This incident comes less than two weeks after Flight MH17 was struck down by a Buk missile over Ukraine. 298 people were killed on the Malaysia Airlines jet. It left Amsterdam and was on its way to Kuala Lumpur when it was hit.
Flight MH370 went missing and 239 passengers and crew are unaccounted for. The plane was heading for Beijing from Kuala Lumpur. It’s believed the plane ran out of fuel and is at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. So far no evidence of the jet has come to light.
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