An Air New Zealand Airbus A320 had to take evasive action in the air over the Hauraki Gulf to avoid mid-air collision with a light aircraft which had strayed into its flight path as reported in the nzherald.co.nz dated 15th April 2012.
The light plane was on a scenic trip and was bound for the Great Barrier Island!!
The Air NZ flight was returning with families after spending their Easter Holidays in the Gold Coast and the sudden maneuvers of the pilot caught them off guard and panic set in.
The sequence of events as disclosed by the Air NZ authorities is – the A320 was on approach to Auckland International airport when the indicator in the cockpit revealed a smaller aircraft close by. The pilot was forced to take evasive action by climbing and turning.
If the pilot had not been alert, there could have been a disaster in mid-air.
Investigation has begun on how the two aircraft were allowed to get so close and if the rules had been broken with regard to the safe height which needs to be maintained between two aircraft.