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CAD responds to media enquiries on Air China flight
     In response to media enquiries on the deviation of an Air China flight from standard track yesterday (June 4), a spokesman for the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) today (June 5) said that the air traffic control officer (ATCO) spotted the anomaly immediately after the aircraft concerned deviated from the standard departure track. Instruction was given to guide the aircraft back to the right track. The incident did not pose any threat to aviation or public safety. The CAD also immediately followed up on the incident afterwards in accordance with established procedures.

     "The aircraft concerned (flight number: CA428) was instructed to climb to Flight Level 130 shortly after taking off on the south runway (25L) of the Hong Kong International Airport at 9.07pm yesterday. The aircraft was later found to have deviated off the standard track. The ATCO immediately instructed and guided the aircraft back to the right track. Subsequently, the aircraft arrived at its destination, Chengdu, safely. No one was injured in the incident. Throughout the process, the safety of other aircraft within the Hong Kong Flight Information Region was not affected. There was no risk of collision between the aircraft concerned and other aircraft or buildings as the minimum separation was maintained at all times," the spokesman said.

     The Air Traffic Management Division has notified the safety management division of the CAD according to the Mandatory Occurrence Reporting mechanism as set out in the Air Navigation (Hong Kong) Order 1995 (Cap 448, sub. leg. C). The airline concerned was also requested to submit a detailed report to the CAD. Furthermore, the CAD has informed the relevant department under the Civil Aviation Administration of China of the occurrence.

     "According to the record, the ATCO has strictly complied with the established procedure and relevant rules in handling the flight concerned. The CAD will continue to follow up on the incident and take necessary action," the spokesman said.
Ends/Monday, June 5, 2017
Issued at HKT 16:53
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