Hawaiian Airlines says it is cooperating with a Japanese investigation into an incident at Kansai International Airport involving a Hawaiian Airlines jet that entered a runway just minutes before a cargo jet was about to land.
The All Nippon Airways cargo plane with a pilot and co-pilot aboard pulled out of its landing approach to avoid a collision Wednesday night, according to the Mainichi Daily News and Kyodo news agency.
Keoni Wagner, a spokesman for Hawaiian Airlines, said the airline is “working closely with aviation authorities to find out what happened.”
Wagner said he has seen reports that a Japan Transport Safety Board official said there might have been a “miscommunication” between the tower at Kansai International Airport near Osaka and the Hawaiian Airlines crew.
Wagner said the Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 767-300 was carrying 208 passengers and crew headed to Honolulu from Osaka at about 9:35 p.m. Wednesday Japan time.
News reports from Japan said the Hawaiian Airlines’ captain acknowledged a controller instruction to "stand by," but proceeded to enter the runway as an ANA cargo plane was landing.
The ANA Boeing 737 was about four miles from the airport when it had to abort its landing, Kyodo reported.
The controller told the Hawaiian plane to return to the taxiway before allowing the ANA cargo plane to land at around 9:45 p.m., news reports said, adding that the Hawaiian flight took off about five minutes later.
The Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism reported the incident today and said three investigators were sent to Kansai to investigate.
No one was injured.
Hawaiian Airlines Flight 450 arrived in Honolulu without further incident Wednesday morning.
Hawaiian just began daily flights to Osaka in July.