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China Eastern pilot who avoided Shanghai runway collision rewarded with 3 million yuan

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 4:06pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 03 November, 2016, 4:26pm

The captain of an Airbus A320 who avoided a collision with another plane on the same runway at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport has been awarded 3 million yuan (HK$3.45 million) by his employer China Eastern Airlines.

He Chao, a veteran captain of the Shanghai-based airline, has also been rated an “advanced party member”, an honour given to a select few for their achievements, news portal ThePaper.cn reported.

‘Near collision’ at Shanghai airport: China Eastern plane takes off as another jet crosses runway

The plane’s crew members were awarded 600,000 yuan between them, the report said.

Errors by air traffic controllers appeared to have caused the near miss between the two planes on October 11, the civil aviation authority said.

The Airbus A320 jet He was piloting was cleared for take-off from a runway when He saw an Airbus A330 taxiing across its path, according to the report.

The captain continued with the take-off and the plane rose just above the taxiing aircraft. No one was injured.

Shanghai aviation authorities question why air traffic controllers cleared two aircraft for same runway

Reports of aviation accidents have emerged repeatedly in China in recent weeks.

An aircraft flew in the wrong direction after taking off from an airport in southwest China and had to be directed back on track by air traffic controllers, according to previous South China Morning Post reports.