Qantas plane in near miss at Sydney Airport
Updated 11 hours 32 minutes ago
Air Services Australia says it is unlikely an incident involving a Qantas plane at Sydney Airport will be referred to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
The domestic flight from Adelaide was advised by air traffic control to undertake a go around yesterday because another plane was still on the tarmac as it was coming in to land.
Passengers have described the incident as a near disaster.
But Amanda Palmer from Air Services Australia says go arounds are not uncommon.
“Look these do happen from time to time. Go arounds are fairly routine,” she said.
“Yesterday the aircraft on the runway had been slow to depart so it is a perfectly safe way to ensure that separation standards are not infringed.”
Ron Burns was a passenger on the plane from Adelaide yesterday and he says a quick thinking pilot managed to abort the landing.
Mr Burns says his partner saw the other plane on the ground as they were coming into land and then the pilot quickly accelerated back into the sky again.
“We obviously knew then that there was problem and the captain apologised for the delay and said air traffic control sometimes get their timing wrong,” he said.
“Well we knew then what had happened and I’m sure that the captain would have had had to fill out a report and has alleviated a major disaster.
“Well I can’t believe in 2013 something happened like that because with all the technology and everything in place to stop these things from happening.” he said.
“I’m just thankful that the weather conditions were very good and visibility was as good as it was because the radio controllers have made a mistake.”
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