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​JAL 767 crew mistook Changi taxiway for runway

Japan Airlines (JAL) has suspended the crew of a Boeing 767-300ER that mistakenly commenced their takeoff run on a taxiway at Singapore’s Changi International airport.

The incident occurred while the aircraft was operating flight JL38 to Tokyo Haneda at roughly 02:30 on 12 July, says JAL in an email to Flightglobal.

The carrier only learned of the incident on 23 July when it was contacted by Singapore authorities.

It adds that immediately after starting the takeoff run, the crew realised their error and aborted the takeoff. The aircraft was subsequently directed to the runway and departed without further incident.

There were 10 crew and 198 passengers aboard the aircraft during the incident.

Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows that the aircraft involved bears registration JA606J. It was delivered in 2003 and is powered by General Electric CF6 engines.

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