According to several media outlets in Asia, the Malaysia Airlines plane heading to London, U.K and a Kuwait Airways plane bound for Islamabad, Pakistan nearly collided over Pakistan’s airspace.
However, the Malaysian airline officials firmly stated that the company does not even fly over Pakistan’s airspace due to safety fears.
Malaysia Airlines spokesperson said the following about the reported incident:
Malaysia Airlines strongly denies that one of its flights to London experienced a near-miss with a Kuwait Airways aircraft over Pakistan airspace on Sunday, April 5th, 2015. Following a Safety Information Bulletin (SIB) issued by EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) early this year, Malaysia Airlines has avoided the Pakistani airspace due to increased risks to flight operation safety.
No one from Kuwait Airways has made a comment regarding the incident and whether it is true or false in the first place.
Civil Aviation Authority of Pakistan reported that poor traffic control radar signals caused an incident with two planes over the Zhop district in the southwestern Balochistan province.
Malaysia Airlines Suffered Two Major Air Calamities in 2014
It’s certainly not surprising from the Malaysian carrier to so strongly deny that one of their planes was even in a near-collision, especially after the last year’s two disasters that befell the company.
On March 8th, flight number MH370, which was bound from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, disappeared from the radars somewhere over the South China Sea with 12 crew members and 227 passengers on it.
Only four months after MH370 disappeared, another Malaysia Airlines plane (MH17) was returning from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, when was shot over eastern Ukraine. 295 people were on board that plane. It is still not discovered which side shot that airplane. Both the Ukrainian army and the Russian rebels claim that is was the other side that did it.