Qantas 767 and Virgin 737 in separation incident

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The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is investigating a separation incident involving a Qantas Airways Boeing 767-300 and a Virgin Blue 737-700.

In the 5 December incident in Melbourne airspace, the two aircraft were "tracking on the same route when separation reduced to 1.9nm horizontally and 300ft vertically", says the ATSB, which has classified the incident as serious.

The Qantas 767, registration VH-OGU, was flying from Melbourne to Sydney. The Virgin 737, VH-VBH, had departed from Melbourne as well, says the ATSB, which did not specify the aircraft's destination.