Air safety board questions the English ability of China Southern Airlines pilots

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    A Japanese air safety board investigating a 2007 incident in which a China Southern Airlines plane that entered a runway without permission has determined that the poor English ability of the Chinese pilot and copilot were the cause of the mistake:

    In its report, the Japan Transport Safety Board of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said of the incident at Chubu Centrair International Airport in Aichi Prefecture that the pilot and the copilot had either misunderstood or failed to catch the instructions.

    However, China Southern officials rejected the assertion, according to the report.

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