Civil aviation authorities called the police over a leaked photo of a radar screen on its new air traffic control system.
The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said the image, leaked to the media on Thursday, was likely obtained through the improper use of a computer, Apple Daily reports.
The photo showed an alert that a Delta Airlines plane was 300 feet above the ground when it had already landed.
The incorrect position of the Delta plane as reported by the system put it near a Malaysian Airlines jet, triggering an emergency warning.
The police confirmed that it received a report from the CAD on Monday. The case is being handled by the New Territories South regional crime unit.
No one has been arrested.
In a letter to CAD staff on Tuesday, Simon Li, director general of civil aviation, blamed frontline staff for leaking the radar screen image.
He described the behavior as irresponsible and that the authority will take a firm stance, Ming Pao Daily reports.
Legislator Jeremy Tam accused the CAD of trying to silence frontline staff.
Tam said the outspoken CAD staff decided to come forward to safeguard public safety at the risk of their job.
Michael Mo, a spokesman for the Airport Development Concern Network, described the CAD’s handling of the incident as “ridiculous”, saying it only further undermined the trust of frontline staff.
Mo said international conventions state that investigations into aviation blunders shall be carried out to prevent accidents, and not to pursue responsibility.
Mo said the CAD violated the spirit of those conventions. It said it plans to write to the concerned international bodies.
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