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Collision of Vietnamese and Chinese planes averted: Report

Update: March, 05/2015 - 16:52
GUANGZHOU (VNS) — Airplanes from Viet Nam and China nearly collided on the Guangzhou airport runway recently, the Civil Aviation Authority of Vietnam reported.

The incident occurred at the Baiyun International Airport in the Chinese city of Guangzhou, when a Vietnam Airlines plane Flight VN502 from HCM City to Guangzhou and an airplane from Shangdong Airlines almost collided.

An official from Vietnam Airlines said the incident occurred when the Vietnamese plane landed at Baiyun at 2:02pm on March 2. The plane then got approval from the air traffic control centre to move via a taxiway and the 02L runway to a parking area.

However, at the time, the flight's chief pilot, Rajesh Singh Bhullar, noticed another aircraft—of Shandong Airlines—preparing to take off from the 02L runway, so he decided to stop on the taxiway to avoid facing the Chinese plane on the runway.

After the Shangdong Airlines plane had departed, the Vietnamese aircraft continued to move on the taxiway through runway 02L to the parking area, as per the instructions of the air traffic control centre.

According to a Vietnam Airlines investigation and comments from the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the incident was likely a result of poor communication between the airport's air traffic control centre and the crew on-board Flight VN502, but the error was detected well in time.

Lai Xuan Thanh, head of CAAV, said Chinese authorities are continuing to investigate the near miss. — VNS

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