A Jetstar and an AirAsia plane came dangerously close to a midair collision after taking off from the Gold Coast.
It was reported that the AirAsia A330 performing flight D7206 on its way to New Zealand came within 152 meters of a Jetstar flight that was about to land.
The minimum vertical separation between two planes in Australia is 305 meters, the incident occurred north of Coolangatta airport, in Queensland.
The Jetstar pilots were forced to take evasive action as the AirAsia plane was about to cross its patch, putting the plane into a climb to avoid a catastrophe.
A Jetstar spokesman told NewsCorp that the pilots of their A320, which is capable of carrying up to 180 passengers, took corrective action to restore the minimum safe distance between the two flights. The plane landed without further incident.
In a statement, AirAsia X said that its pilots had followed instructions from the Collangatta Air Traffic Control, prior to a near catastrophe, almost colliding with a Jetstar plane in Queensland on the 21st of July 2016.
The pilots of flight D7 206 had followed the instructions laid out by the airport’s ATC. “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,” said the airline.
The company also confirmed that their pilots received a warning from their TCAS (Traffic Collision Avoidance System). “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,” said the statement.