Air traffic controller sends text to his ex-girlfriend who suggests that a flight was about to crash
Air traffic controller sends a disturbing text message to his ex-girlfriend that a flight under his command was about to CRASH in another aircraft
- The Melbourne-based controller sent the cryptic text message last February
- She believed the message meant it would be her fault if the planes crashed
- The woman said the message was part of a worrying behavioral pattern
A senior air traffic controller sent a cryptic text to his ex-girlfriend who suggested that a Virgin flight would crash into another aircraft under his watch.
The Melbourne-based controller sent the message last February that read: “Velocity 474 with Brisbane trying to crash Xanadu221 with me.”
The unknown man also sent an image of the radar from Airservices Australia – the government agency responsible for the safety of air navigation of passengers throughout the country – which showed the two flights near the airspace in Brisbane.
The Melbourne-based controller sent the message last February that read: “Velocity 474 with Brisbane is trying to crash with me against Xanadu221”
His ex-girlfriend interpreted the message as signifying that it would be her fault if the planes crashed, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
But Airservices Australia said that the safety of others has never been compromised because an individual air traffic controller cannot crash aircraft.
“Because safety is always our top priority, Airservices has conducted a thorough investigation and was convinced that there was no safety risk,” a spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.
He was suspended pending an investigation when Airservices Australia was notified of the incident six months later in September.
The employer would not comment on the outcome of the investigation or the fact that disciplinary measures had been taken against the man.
The woman said the message was part of a worrying behavior pattern from her former partner.
She later issued an order for violence against him.
The investigation comes after a report on workplace culture within Airservices Australia revealed shocking claims about the daily activities of air traffic controllers in August.
The report was based in part on a survey of 524 air traffic controllers and more than three-quarters of respondents were women.
A Virgin Australia aircraft is seen approaching Brisbane airport (stock image)