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Probe into US airline’s runway slip at Pudong

CHINA’S civil aviation regulator is investigating an incident at Pudong airport involving a US airliner crossing a runway without permission while another plane was about to take off, the regulator said over the weekend.

Delta Air Lines’ flight DL295, which had just landed at Pudong International Airport from Tokyo, began taxing across a parallel runway at 7:27pm on Thursday before air traffic controllers gave the go-ahead, the East China Regional Administration under the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement.

On the parallel runway, China Eastern Airlines’ flight MU723 from Pudong to Hong Kong was about to take off. The air traffic controllers then ordered the China Eastern aircraft not to take off and wait on the runway, the regional administration said.

Luckily, as the two aircraft were not near each other, the incident did not affect the airport’s operation, said a press officer sunramed Qin at the regional administration.

“The (regional) administration has required Delta Air Lines to enhance safety management and eliminate safety risks,” the statement said.

“An investigation team will determine the seriousness of the incident and decide whether to punish the airline according to regulations,” Qin said.

It was the second time that runway incursion incidents have happened at the city’s airports within two months. On October 11, a China Eastern Airlines aircraft nearly hit another plane as it was on its takeoff run at Hongqiao airport due to mistakes made by the air traffic control tower.

The licenses of two air traffic controllers were revoked and 13 air traffic control officials were punished for the near miss at Hongqiao airport.


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