Date
24 October 2017
Quick thinking by a China Eastern pilot averted a tragedy at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Photo: CNSA
Quick thinking by a China Eastern pilot averted a tragedy at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport. Photo: CNSA

China Eastern planes in Shanghai collision scare

A China Eastern Airlines plane was forced into a premature take-off to avoid a collision with another aircraft that had crossed the middle of the runway.

Both planes are owned by the carrier.

The incident took place around noon Tuesday at the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport when an Airbus A320 was taxiing for take-off and an Airbus A330 aircraft crossed its path, China News Service reports.

The A320 pilot did not abort the take-off but was forced to pull up the plane earlier than usual to avoid a collision.

There were no reports of injury.

A China Eastern spokesman said the airline has reported the incident to the Chinese aviation authorities and investigations are under way.

According to news website Sina.com.cn, the A320 aircraft was Flight MU5643 from Shanghai to Tianjin.

A netizen onboard the plane posted a thank you message on Weibo, praising the pilot for quick thinking.

Industry sources said the A320 pilot made the right decision, avoiding a tragedy.

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