A follow up of the incident involving VH-VFO and 9M-XXC on 21 July 2016:
News report just after the incident occured
Jetstar statement: “During descent the aircraft warning system alerted our pilots to another aircraft approaching our approved flight path. Our pilots took corrective action to restore the safe distance between the two aircraft. The flight continued on to the Gold Coast and landed without further incident. It’s likely that most passengers would not have been aware of the incident. Our crew did a fantastic job and responded to the situation as they are trained to do. At all times they followed the instructions of air traffic control.”
AirAsia statement: “The A330 had received clearance for take-off from Gold Coast Airport and followed the flight path according to the heading and altitude provided by the air traffic controller. The pilots then received warning from the traffic collision avoidance system and the crew responded by reducing the vertical speed according to flight safety procedures. The aircraft took off safely and continued its journey without any subsequent events.”
ATSB statement: “The investigation is being led by Air Transport Safety Bureau and AirAsia X is co-operating fully. The flightpaths of the inbound Airbus A320 and the outbound Airbus A330 resulted in a loss of separation. Both aircraft received a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) resolution advisory … with the crew of the A320 conducting a climb to increase separation.”
The ATSB currently has an active investigation to determine what exactly happened during the incident, and is likely to be completed by July 2017. It is known that the two aircraft came under 150 metres of each other. The Jetstar flight was inbound from Avalon Airport and the AirAsia flight was leaving for Auckland. There was no damage to either aircraft.