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Qantas and Air New Zealand jets in near miss over Auckland
9 April 2005

Qantas Flight 43 (SYD-AKL) and Air New Zealand Flight 124 from Melbourne were involved in a near miss over Auckland. The two Boeing 747 planes were unacceptably close and infringed the required separation between aircraft. The Qantas flight was said to be on an ILS approach when controllers noticed an unidentified aircraft tracking towards its approach path, and told flight 43 to abort the approach. Flight NZ124, also on an ILS approach to the same runway, had been cleared to descend to an altitude of 4,000 feet. As the Qantas 747 climbed away, its crew received a GPWS warning and, in response, initiated a pull-up to 5,000 feet. The pull-up occurred about one to one-and-a-half nautical miles from the NZ124, which was then descending through 4,500 feet. (AFX)