Thu, Sep 09, 2010
As Many As 200
Commercial Pilots May Have Given False Information
An investigation is underway in China to determine if pilots,
mechanics, instructors, and other aviation personnel there are
actually qualified to do their jobs. The move was triggered by the
revelation that as many as 200 Chinese commercial pilots may have
falsified their resumes in 2008 and 2009.
The New York Times indicates that news reports coming
out of China show that more than half the pilots found to have
falsified their resumes worked for Shenzhen Airlines. An Embraer
190 belonging to Shenzhen's subsidiary Henan Airlines was involved
in an accident August 24th in which 42 were killed and 54 injured.
The pilot of that airplane brought it down well short of the runway
while attempting a night landing in Yinchun, according to Chinese
media. Henan Province officials have reportedly demanded that the
airline change its name because of the negative impact on the
province's image ... even though the airline is not based
The investigation began before that accident, however, and it
involves more than just Shenzhen Airlines. According to Center for
Asia Pacific Aviation chairman Peter Harbison, China has a strong
safety reputation, and that the Henan accident was not typical ...
a statement he told the Times he could not have made
several years ago. The Chinese government recently told individual
airline executives they would be held personally responsible for
accidents, which causes Chinese airlines to err strongly on the
side of caution, Harbison said.
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