An airliner flew off in the wrong direction after taking off and needed to be directed back on track by air traffic controllers, a news website has reported.
The Air China aircraft departed Chengdu airport in Sichuan province on Sunday morning, flying to Lhasa in Tibet, but immediately deviated from its flight path, according to a Chinese news website monitored by the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post.
The pilot of flight CA4401 is said to have contacted the air traffic control centre upon realising the mistake – though the report did not specify how long it took for the pilot to work out something was wrong.
Air China issued a warning to its pilots after the incident, asking them to stay alert and check more thoroughly during flights, the report said.
The incident comes after an incident at at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport last week, when air traffic controllers told a China Eastern Airlines plane to take off as another jet was taxiing across its path. See: Two planes come close as ‘one takes off over other’
Written by Peter Needham