Near miss at Hong Kong airport

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Authorities are investigating an incident at Hong Kong International Airport after a departing passenger plane was forced to urgently halt on the runway to avoid colliding with a cargo aircraft, a spokesman has said.

The two planes were 1km apart when the incident happened at 8.55am on Friday, when Hong Kong Airlines flight HX236 was about to take off for Shanghai, the spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department said.

Pilots had to slam on the brakes when they noticed the Air Cargo Global B744 was also crossing the runway horizontally.

“The A333 airliner later flew to the destination according to the schedule,” he said on Friday. “No one injured in the incident and the operation was not affected.

“The Civil Aviation Department is investigating the incident.” (scmp.com)

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