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Update: Malaysian Airlines denies near collision with Kuwait Airlines plane

Carrier refutes Saudi Press Agency report the 2 aircraft narrowly missed colliding in Pakistani air space on Sunday

Update: Malaysian Airlines denies near collision with Kuwait Airlines plane
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(Updated April 7, 14:46) Malaysian Airlines has denied a report which appeared earlier this week that one of its planes was involved in a near collision with a Kuwait Airways plane over Pakistan on Sunday.

The report, which was issued by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA), said officials from Pakistan’s Civil Aviation Authority claimed the Kuwaiti aircraft was travelling to Islamabad when it narrowly missed a Malaysian Airlines plane heading to London. It claimed the incident occurred over the Zhob district of Baluchistan in southwestern Pakistan and was the result of weak air traffic control radar signals.

However, a spokesperson from Malaysian Airlines told Arabian Business the carrier "strongly denies that one of its flights to London experienced a
near-miss with a Kuwait Airways aircraft over Pakistan airspace on Sunday, 5
April 2015.

"Following a
Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) issued by EASA early this year, Malaysia
Airlines has avoided the Pakistani airspace due to increased risk to flight
operation safety," it added.

Kuwait Airways did not comment on the incident.

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george 4 years ago

It's not safe up there any more.
And it is time for Aircraft and Airspace to be upgraded,
and for pilot training to be of one very high standard for all countries / nationalities.

george 4 years ago

so the Malaysian airline was NEVER in Pkistan airspace as reported against this incident?
Who out there can verify this beyond all reasonable doubt??!!