A few days ago Mainichi News On-line reported the following
On the 28th, a China Eastern Airline Flight 516 airbus A330 leaving for Shanghai which was directed to standby in the Kansai Airport took off at around 1:45 p.m. without the clearance from a controller.
According to the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, because there was enough time interval between airplanes, safety problem had not occurred, but concluded that probably there was a violation of the Aviation Act, and was investigating the circumstances. The plane while moving on the taxiing way received direction from a controller to standby at the runway and wait. Then, while the controller was communicating with a helicopter that was going to arrive, the plane started the take-off run. Although the controller gave out the signal to stop, the plane took off ignoring the order.
The previous plane had finished taking off 2 minutes ago, and the helicopter flied at a location which about 24-km southwest away. Nearby, there was no plane that was scheduled to arrive using the same runway. Passengers and crew members together the plane had 245 people.
I am interested to know what was in the mind of this Chinese pilot when he took off without the permission from the airport controller.