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JAL plane takes off without flight plan approval.

TOKYO, Aug. 18 Kyodo

A Niigata airport air traffic controller permitted a takeoff of a Japan Airlines plane bound for Osaka without approving the plane's flight plan Tuesday, the transport ministry said Thursday.

The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport admitted that the controller made a mistake and warned JAL the captain needed to receive approval before the takeoff of the McDonnell Douglas MD-90 aircraft carrying 132 people.

The captain asked a different controller and received approval of the plane's flight plan two minutes after takeoff, but until then the plane had no identification number and no flight information of the aircraft was displayed on the radar, ministry officials said.

Airline companies usually submit flight plans to air controllers all together in advance and planes receive approval of them respectively before takeoff.

But in Tuesday's case, the air controller told the captain, who asked for approval, to wait awhile, but then forgot to do so and gave permission for the takeoff, ministry officials said.

Flight 2250 arrived at Osaka airport shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, which was around the scheduled time.

Officials of the Niigata airport office said the controller forgot to give approval to the plane as traffic control work of takeoff and landing of other passenger planes as well as a training flight of a Japan Coast Guard plane fell on the same time.
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