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Malaysia Airlines averts 3rd tragedy in 5 months

2014-08-04 12:48

Cape Town -  The dire spell being experienced by Malaysia Airlines almost took a third turn for the worst over the weekend after one of its flights escaped colliding with another airline in Australia.

International Business Times AU reports Malaysia Airlines Flight MH136 almost collided with Tiger Airways Flight TT449.

The report states an air traffic controller at the Adelaide airport realised the Airbus A330-300 jet , bound for Kuala Lumpur was about to collide with Tiger Airway's Airbus A320-200 plane.

Watch a reconstruction of what happened in Adelaide here.

The Tiger Airway flight reportedly requested a routine go-around as its approach was too unstable for landing.  Malaysia Airlines flight MH136 was already accelerating for take-off when it was told to abort. Flight MH136’s departure was delayed by an estimated 20 minutes and arrived safely in Kuala Lumpur 10-minutes later than expected.

Malaysia Airlines is said to still be reeling from the MH370 and MH17 tragedies.   

MH370 left from Kuala Lumpur on March 8 for Beijing and until now remains missing, while MH17 left Amsterdam on July 17, bound for the Malaysian capital when it was hit by a missile allegedly fired by Moscow-backed Ukrainian rebels.

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