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MAS flight aborts take-off at Adelaide to avoid Tigerair

August 1, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

A Malaysia Airlines flight carrying 167 people has aborted take-off at Adelaide airport to avoid colliding with an incoming Tigerair plane.

Malaysia Airlines flight MH136 was heading down the runway for take-off for Kuala Lumpur when air traffic control became concerned about an incoming Tigerair plane.

Simon Hradecky’s respected journal of record, Aviation Herald, reports that the MAS A330-300 on Tuesday was “accelerating for take-off from Adelaide’s runway 05 when [control] tower cancelled the take-off clearance”.

“The crew rejected take-off at low speed and stopped the aircraft on the runway,” the publication reports.

The control tower apologised that a Tiger Airways Airbus A320 on approach had been “too high and too fast on approach and went around”. The tower wanted to make sure the A330 didn’t climb underneath the go-around and explained that take-off clearance occurred when the A320 was about five nautical miles away, sufficient space for the departure, but was still maintaining 200 knots.

The Tiger aircraft landed safely on its second approach to runway 05 about 12 minutes later.

The crew of the A330 decided to return to the holding point of runway 05, departed about 25 minutes after rejecting takeoff and reached Kuala Lumpur 10 minutes behind schedule, the Aviation Herald reported.

Malaysia Airlines made the following statement to Malaysia’s New Straits Times on the incident: “MH136 was ready to depart Adelaide Airport and already on take-off 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.”

Tigerair said the order for a go-around was standard procedure, “common and safe” and nothing unusual.

“Safety is always the airline’s number one priority and was not an issue at any point.”

Air Services Australia said the Tigerair pilot requested a routine go-around due to an unstable approach.

“A go-around is a safe and well-practised manoeuvre that sees an aircraft discontinue its approach to the runway when landing,” an Air Services Australia statement said.

“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.”

Written by Peter Needham

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