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CAAC revokes Korean pilot's license for life

(People's Daily Online)

13:48, August 30, 2011

Chinese civil aviation authorities decided Tuesday to remove a South Korean pilot from flying in China who was found to have disobeyed air control orders and risked the life of a flying-in Qatar Airways plane at Shanghai's Hongqiao Airport.

The South Korea pilot, whose name is not immediately known, will be banned from flying in China for life. The license of his co-pilot will be suspended for six months, said a statement from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).

The civil aviation regulator said the pilots steering a Juneyao Airlines plane Ho1112 on August 13 seriously breached industry guidelines and ethic codes, for they refused to give way to the Qatar Airways plane that was running out of fuel as both planes waited for landing instructions.

The pilot of Qatari flight QR888 sent a Mayday signal and asked to land first as its fuel would soon be used up. Air traffic control asked the Juneyao plane to give way six times in 7 minutes, but the pilot refused, saying he had little fuel left too. The air traffic control had to rearrange landing orders to secure a safe landing of the Qatari plane.


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