Date
15 December 2018
The incident involving a China Southern Airlines flight from Zhejiang and a business jetliner happened on Tuesday night. Fortunately, there was no collision. Photo: CNSA
The incident involving a China Southern Airlines flight from Zhejiang and a business jetliner happened on Tuesday night. Fortunately, there was no collision. Photo: CNSA

Authorities probe case of two flights on same runway

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) is looking into an incident in which an airplane landed before another one had left the same runway at Chek Lap Kok, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

There was no collision.

A CAD spokesman said a China Southern Airlines B738 airliner from Zhejiang landed at the North Runway at 7:47 p.m. on Tuesday as per instruction of an air traffic control officer (ATCO), while a business jet, which had just landed on the same runway before it, was yet to move out from the area.

The jet’s pilot had been instructed by the ATCO to vacate the runway completely as soon as possible, but for a still unknown reason the pilot failed to do so within the expected time, the spokesman said.

According to official information, the two planes were more than 1,800 meters apart when the B738 airliner touched down. The runway is 3,800 meters long.

No one was injured in the incident.

The CAD said it has reported the incident to the Air Accident Investigation Authority and will continue to follow up on the matter in accordance with established procedures to prevent a recurrence of the incident.

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