6 Mar 2010

Safety bureau issues report on near-crash at Melbourne airport

6:03 am on 6 March 2010

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has found pilot error contributed to a flight from New Zealand, narrowly avoiding a crash at Melbourne airport.

The bureau says the Jetstar A320 Airbus abandoned a landing at the airport in thick fog in July 2007.

But the pilot did not properly push the thrust levers in place and the plane continued to descend.

The bureau says the crew did not immediately realise this and believed the plane was climbing.

The plane was 11.5 metres above the runway before the crew was able to stop the descent.

The bureau says Jetstar has changed its procedures to ensure any similar situation in the future is detected quickly.