posted on Sep, 7 2016 @ 04:55 PM
An AirAsia flight, carrying 212 people, departed Sydney bound for Kuala Lumpur, but was forced to land in Melbourne after the pilot entered the wrong
starting coordinates for the flight. The crew was preparing for departure when the captain noticed that their was a problem with their ear
protection, so they couldn't go on the ramp (the captain normally does the walk around, while the first officer handles the cockpit).
While entering the aircraft position, the pilot entered the Longitude as 15 degrees 19.8 minutes East, instead of 151 degrees 9.8 minutes East. This
resulted in a positional error of 6,800 miles, making the aircraft think they were off the coast of Africa. Despite several audible warnings, the crew
didn't catch the error until after takeoff. They asked to land in Sydney, without navigation aids, but weather was below minimums, forcing them to
land in Melbourne.