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Missing map forces Japan-bound Cathay Dragon flight to turn back, 155 passengers delayed for hours

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Source: Coconuts HK/Appledaily

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A Cathay Dragon charter flight en route to Komatsu, Japan, was forced to return to the Hong Kong last week after it was found that an essential document had been left behind, causing its 155 passengers to be delayed for over four hours.

Flight KA8348 took off at around 10am last Thursday (June 1). While the plane was flying over Taiwan, just before 11am, the pilot announced that the aircraft would have to turn around as the approach charts for Komatsu Airport were missing, raising safety concerns.

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, the aircraft burned off fuel and landed safely back in Hong Kong at around 12:45pm, about two hours and 45 minutes after departure. Upon arriving in Hong Kong, the plane spent 90 minutes on the ground being refueled before taking off again (maps in tow) with a new crew. The flight landed in Komatsu at 6:38pm, four hours and eight minutes after its scheduled arrival.

Civic Party lawmaker Jeremy Tam, a licensed pilot, said he “had never heard of an unmapped flight”, and described the incident as “rare” to 

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 (CAD), approach charts include all information useful for the designated airport operation. Pilots refer to aeronautical charts for plotting maps, route planning, route monitoring and navigation. While landing without a chart in good weather conditions may not constitute a violation of the law, Tam said the pilot made the right decision in the circumstances and protected his passengers’ safety, Apple Daily 

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As the route to Komatsu is not a fixed course provided by Cathay Dragon, but rather a seasonal chartered flight for a local tour group, a source told 

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 that approach charts for the airport are not typically provided. Regardless, checking that the necessary documents are on board prior to take off is the chief pilot’s responsibility. While modern Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) technology allows flight crews to access and download electronic flight operations data, general purpose computing and communications en route, the EFB has not been widely adopted by Hong Kong airlines, according to the 

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Tam told Apple Daily that the CAD can grant one-time use of EFBs, but not every aircraft has WiFi installed. Cathay Dragon confirmed the incident and has launched an internal investigation. The CAD said it would be following up on the case.

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This would have been scary but how can both pilot not double checked? But, at least they flew black to hk ... safety first.

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Someone is going to be in trouble...

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that is not good. the pilot should double check make sure they have everything for the flight. I am sure there will be complains from passengers.

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