The captain of a Cathay Pacific Airways flight that was reported to have narrowly missed a runway collision at Beijing's international airport has been given counselling over his inflight announcements. The airline said that the pilot on flight CX313 that left Beijing Capital International Airport for Hong Kong International Airport on April 21 had been told to keep public announcements to passengers accurate. This follows an investigation by the airline that found he had incorrectly informed passengers that an abrupt stop made by the plane while taxiing to the runway was in response to orders from air traffic controllers. Instead, Cathay said, the order to slow down was issued by the captain himself to his first officer, shortly before the aircraft turned on to the runway for takeoff. After giving his instruction, the captain was concerned that the aircraft was not slowing down quickly enough and applied the brakes himself. This caused the plane to come to a sudden halt, injuring a number of crew members who were not yet strapped in. Passengers were told after takeoff that the abrupt halt was due to 'last-minute amendments' to instructions that had to be obeyed to avoid an 'embarrassing' situation. A Cathay spokeswoman said: '[The captain of the flight] incorrectly informed passengers that the sudden stop had followed an instruction from the airport's air traffic control authorities. He has been counselled on the appropriate public address announcements to be made when such incidents occur. The airline acknowledged that its initial media reporting of the incident had been incomplete, due to the preliminary nature of the information available at the time.' Cathay would not say why the captain of the flight had misled his passengers, but reiterated that at no time was the aircraft in danger. Hong Kong resident David Christensen, who was aboard the flight, said he was satisfied with Cathay's explanation. But he added: 'The announcement was completely misleading. It led us to only one conclusion and that was we had a panic stop and we would have crashed otherwise. 'If he had said, 'I am sorry, we were going too fast and we braked more suddenly than we should have [done] and I apologise,' maybe this wouldn't have been an issue.'