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Looks like the pilots on this one could have also helped out by reviewing the NOTAMS (or whatever the equivalent in Japan is), for the airport!
Apparently all 18 controllers at one of Japan's airports forgot one of the runways was closed for construction! One of the controllers instructed an aircraft to land on it, and nobody bothered correcting that controller! Fortunately, no equipment was on the runway, and the plane landed safely.
Vigilance is a must... remember to ask if you ever have doubt... even instructions from a controller can be flawed. Another case in point is the situation reviewed in the AOPA ASF Runway Safety program where the tower lost sight of aircraft in poor visibility, and the pilots of one plane got lost on the taxiways. In that case, the controller almost directed another plane to take off. Fortunately, the other pilots declined to move (remember... PIC is the final command authority) and averted a potential disaster.
For the info on the Japan flight see the link below.
Japanese Airliner Lands on Closed Runway
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