Helicopter flies over runway in Osaka, delaying passenger plane landing
The operators of Kansai International Airport in Osaka have reported to the Ministry for Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism that a helicopter flew over one of its runways without authorization on Tuesday, resulting in what the ministry has described as a “serious incident.”
According to the ministry, the helicopter owned by Aero Asahi and chartered by Asahi Broadcasting Corp in Osaka, was queued for take-off at 8:30 a.m. and had been instructed not to approach the runway, TV Asahi reported. However, the helicopter reportedly failed to stop, causing a landing ANA passenger flight to cancel its approach and circle around for a second attempt.
The ministry says the ANA plane was delayed by around 10 minutes as a result. It also reported that a team of three aviation investigators has been tasked with looking into the cause of the accident. When questioned about the incident, the helicopter pilot was quoted as saying that he had heard the instruction to keep clear of the runway, but had become distracted by his instruments, TV Asahi reported.