Malaysia Airlines is investigating a Christmas Day mix-up thatsent a plane flying in the wrong direction after it left Auckland, in thelatest incident to hit the carrier.Media reports said that eight minutes into the flight, the pilot of theAirbus A330 asked Auckland air traffic control why the flight had beeninstructed to head south instead of north to its destination Kuala Lumpur.
The Sun newspaper said the pilot continued his flight across the Tasman Seabefore heading northeast to Malaysia's capital.
A Malaysia Airlines spokeswoman said that both flight plans originated fromthe airline and it was now investigating why they differed.
"Our flight MH132 from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur was given the latestflight plan by the airline's operations dispatch centre whilst Auckland's AirTraffic Control was inadvertently given an earlier flight plan," theairline said in a statement.
The airline said flight plans are generated based on conditions at the time,covering issues such as weather and route efficiencies.
"The safety of both passengers and crew were never compromised at anytime," it said.