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Malaysia Airlines Auckland Flight 'Flew In Wrong Direction', According To Reports

27/12/2015 11:07 GMT | Updated 27/12/2015 11:59 GMT
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A fleet of Malaysia Airline planes are shrouded in haze at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang, Malaysia on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015. Wildfires caused by illegal land clearing in Indonesia's Sumatra and Borneo islands often spread choking haze to neighboring countries such as Malaysia and Singapore. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul)

A Malaysia Airlines plane has reportedly flown on an unexpected route shortly after take off, leaving its pilots dumbstruck and requiring them to alter its course.

Flight MH132 from Auckland, New Zealand to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, took off as normal on Christmas Day, but within minutes began chartering a path that differed from its pilots' intended route.

New Zealand's Herald newspaper reports that the pilot contacted air traffic controllers to highlight the anomaly and to plot a return to its expected direction.

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Recordings of the flight path were out of range of Flight24's radar

Records of the Airbus 330 on FlightRadar24.com show the plane ascending and turning, but don't provide a full record of the flight over the Tasman Sea where the plane would have been out of range of the website's radar.

Malaysia Airlines was embroiled in bad publicity when the world turned its attention to the tragic disappearance of flight MH370 in March 2014.

That flight has never been found, despite extensive search efforts across the South China Sea where it was last reported.

In July of last year, tragedy struck the airline again when flight MH17 was hit by a rocket whilst flying over Ukraine. All 298 people on board perished.

The local New Zealand authority for air traffic control, Airways, says it is investigating Friday's incident.

"We have an internal safety team who will investigate it," an Airways spokeswoman told the Herald.

"The flight plan the airline filed with us was going to Kuala Lumpur but via a slightly different route than the pilot was expecting."

Weather is not thought to have played a part in the aircraft's apparent decision to move off course.

Mail Online reported that passengers were "not aware" of the incident.

Malaysia Airlines had yet to respond to HuffPost UK's request for comment at the time of publication.

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