How did a plane bounded for Malaysia end up landing in Melbourne? The news headlines have been stating a Malaysia-bound AirAsia X plane end up landing in a different country but guess what? The headlines have been misleading (to say the least).
When reading the details, the AirAsia X plane took off from Sydney bound for Malaysia. Air traffic controllers then went on alert when they noticed the plane was flying in the wrong direction. After some checks between them and the pilot, it was found that the wrong longitudinal position was entered into the aircraft system. Attempts to fix the problem came to nothing and the pilot decided to return to Sydney. However bad weather prevented that and the pilot was forced to fly to Melbourne instead.
That’s it. That’s all there was to the story, but in a bid for more eyeballs, news site on the internet say the plane “landed” in the wrong country. Technically true, but also totally wrong. Another reason not to trust news on the internet!