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The instructions passed to the pilot of the B747 may have been unnecessarily complex, given that the pilot was from a non-English speaking background. The controller's transmission was not as definitive as it could have been and included extraneous, non-standard phraseology.

The response from the crew may have indicated to the controller that his transmission was not understood, in that the word "into" indicated a possible turn to intercept the localiser. In addition, the controller did not query the unintelligible transmission.

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