‘The flight plan the airline filed with us was going to Kuala Lumpur but via a slightly different route than the pilot was expecting,’ she said.
Planes sometimes travel across the south of Australia on the way to their destination to avoid head-winds, New Zealand aviation commentator Peter Clark said.
‘The pilot was probably not used to going that far south,’ he said.
‘The pilot has done a very good job by noticing it, querying it and not just blindly flying off and ending up in the Southern Ocean.’
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