Runway disaster narrowly avoided in Shanghai
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Two passenger aircraft nearly collided at Shanghai’s Hongqiao International Airport on Tuesday.
The Shanghai Daily reports that an Airbus A320 aircraft operated by China Eastern Airlines was about to take off when another aircraft – an A330 also operated by China Eastern – taxied onto the same runway, in the path of the on-rushing A320, which was travelling at approximately 230kph.
Fortunately, it managed to take off in time and flew over the A330.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said it is investigating the incident, which echoes the world’s deadliest aviation disaster. In 1977, a KLM aircraft taking off from Tenerife Airport crashed into a Pan Am aircraft that had moved onto the same runway.
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