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Old 31st Oct 2018, 22:56
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Has anyone seen a report on the Malindo departure from Melbourne Rwy 34, 27th September 2018.

I thought it would warrant a mention on Aviation Herald or at the least the ATSB website.

Following the Lion Air crash and all its coverage, I’m surprised the press hasn’t picked up on this serious incident so close to home.
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Old 1st Nov 2018, 01:12
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The Australian (paywall) picked it up but yet to see anything about this from the safety bodies.

I assume the Journo picked up the story on this site.

Malindo is Malaysian based so there must be important deals between governments underway currently which is why it probably hasn’t been reported. Politics always ahead of Safety.

The Lion Air Group has a significant presence in Australia through two of its subsidiaries, Malindo Air and Batik Air, and it plans to increase capacity in the next year.

Yesterday, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority said the Lion Air crash would be taken into account when conducting safety checks on Malindo and Batik Air.

Until there was more information about why the two-month-old Boeing 737-8 Max crashed, CASA would not be rushing into any extra inspections

The Malaysia-registered Malindo Air flies into Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth from Kuala Lumpur and Denpasar, while Batik Air operates into Perth from Bali. Malindo also has traffic rights to operate into Adelaide and is believed to be seeking slots in Sydney.

Last month, a Malindo Air flight from Melbourne to Den*pasar was involved in an incident when the aircraft turned in the wrong direction on takeoff, creating a potentially dangerous situation for incoming flights.

Questions from air traffic control revealed the pilot thought he was on a different runway and had programmed the flight path accordingly.

Despite that incident, Malindo Air carries the maximum seven star safety rating on airline*, as does Batik Air.

As of April this year, Lion Air had 243 737 Max planes on order, as it undergoes expansion.

Former Boeing 777 airline captain Byron Bailey said such expansion was causing a shortage of qualified pilots equipped to handle emergency situations.

Aviation consultant Neil Hansford said there was an issue with airline pilots being put straight on to the most sophisticated aircraft, rather than working their way up from turboprops to small jet aircraft and then larger jets. But he said in the Lion Air crash, it would appear the pilot did all the right things.

“Thirteen minutes into his flight he’s at 5000 feet, then he’s dropped to 2000 and called to return,” Mr Hansford said.

“At least we can rule out any sort of malicious act by the pilot.”
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Old 1st Nov 2018, 06:46
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But he said in the Lion Air crash, it would appear the pilot did all the right things.
Wow. Is there a prize for the stupidest statement made by "experts" and blithely reported in the press?
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