Two days ago, Malaysia Airlines hurriedly took down a Facebook post.
It was a slap-in-the-face kind of posting, as the airline that flies more than a hundred aircraft around the world got its geography wrong again.
And it seems it always get it wrong about New Zealand!
A few days ago, the a post of a picture to Reddit showing the Malaysian airliner’s Facebook post of Mt Eden in Auckland with the caption reading: “Standing tall above Christchurch is the volcanic Mt Eden.”
Readers on Reddit pointed out that the airline has confused Auckland for Christchurch.
The caption went on to explain that Mt Eden is one of many vibrant suburbs of … Christchurch.
“Once a fortified Maori village, the hill is now home to a vibrant suburb that offers some of the finest cultural and natural sights in Christchurch.”
But this was not the only time Malaysian Airlines got itself entangled in a web of confusion over New Zealand.
On 27 December 2015, a Malaysia Airlines plane took off and flew in the wrong direction for EIGHT MINUTES before the pilot noticed the blunder.
The pilot contacted air traffic controllers minutes after taking off from Auckland, realising the Jet was going toward Melbourne, Australia and not north to Kuala Lumpur
He then turned the Airbus A330 plane northwest across the Tasman Sea.
But the passengers were unaware of the mix-up.
AIRASIA X TOO!
And such geographical mistakes are not unique to Malaysian Airlines, as it seems it is also a weakness of Malaysian pilots altogether.
The AirAsia flight 223 landed in the WRONG COUNTRY after pilot’s typing error sent plane to Melbourne instead of Malaysia.
The pilot accidentally entered co-ordinates for the Sydney airport they departed from, causing a system malfunction.
That happened in September last year!
The MALAYSIA-bound AirAsia X plane which took off from Sydney ended up in Melbourne instead after the pilot entered the aircraft’s wrong destination coordinates.
The Airbus A330-300 left Sydney en route to Kuala Lumpur on March 10 last year but air traffic controllers were shocked when it began flying in the wrong direction.
The pilot, who had been flying A330s for 18 months, tried to return to Sydney but bad weather forced him to fly manually to Melbourne, where he landed safely.