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Hong Kong Pilot Aborts Landing

August 24, 2000

HONG KONG (AP) _ A Cathay Pacific Airways pilot aborted a landing after seeing he was heading straight for a Lufthansa jet about to take off, an official said Thursday.

Grace Ng, a Civil Aviation Department spokeswoman, said the runway should have been clear but it was too soon to say what had gone wrong.

Hong Kong’s air traffic controllers have come under scrutiny after several cases of airplanes flying too closely to one another near Hong Kong. But Ng said the incident Sunday might not have been an air traffic control problem.

Ng was not certain whether any air traffic controllers had been temporarily suspended from regular duties, which has happened in at least two airborne incidents this year at Chek Lap Kok airport.

The Cathay cargo jet, a Boeing 747, was coming in from Taipei, Taiwan, when the pilot saw he was coming up behind the Lufthansa passenger jet bound for Frankfurt, Germany, and flew around to make another landing approach

Cathay did not immediately return phone calls Thursday. A Lufthansa spokeswoman said only that the German carrier’s flight took off without incident.

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