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Air Traffic Control and Shenzhen Airlines pilot both made errors in near-crash over Big Buddha

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More details have emerged about the incident over the Big Buddha involving Shenzhen Airlines flight ZH9041 on June 26. 

According to a transcript derived from audio streaming site LiveATC.net, the issue occurred when the pilot of the Airbus A320 intercepted a message intended for a nearby Saudia aircraft, which was on its final approach into Hong Kong, and responded to Air Traffic Control (ATC). ATC then failed to clear up the confusion, causing the Shenzhen pilot to steer the aircraft into the no-fly-zone over Lantau.

The Civil Aviation Department (CAD) said that the incident did not at any time pose a risk to public safety. The aircraft landed safely 20 minutes later.

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