Latest News:  
Beijing   Cloudy/Overcast    0 / 5   City Forecast

People's Daily Online>>China Society

Chinese airline vows to improve crew's English after alleged "unauthorized takeoff" in Japan

(Xinhua)

19:49, November 30, 2011

SHANGHAI, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines said Wednesday it will strengthen its pilots' English language competence two days after one of its flights was accused of taking off without clearance in Japan.

A spokesman with the airline said the company will further regulate the flight crew's ability to communicate in English in order to eliminate communication barriers between pilots and foreign air traffic controllers during international flight operations, but he did not mention whether the alleged unauthorized takeoff was caused by communication misunderstandings.

The airline will fully cooperate with Japanese aviation authorities to investigate the case, said the spokesman.

On Monday, an Airbus A330-200 aircraft performing flight MU516 from Osaka to Shanghai reportedly took off at about 1:45 p.m. without clearance from the tower controllers at the Kansai International Airport in Osaka, according to Japanese state media.

Although no accident occurred, Japan's Ministry of Transport has launched an investigation as such a flight operation is suspected to have violated aviation law.

Email|Print|Comments(Editor:马茜)

Leave your comment0 comments

  1. Name

  

Selections for you


  1. Medvedev, Putin meet supporters in Moscow

  2. Oh deer, I think I love you

  3. Beijing experiences its 1st snow this winter

  4. Black-headed gulls migrate from Siberia to China's Kunming

Most Popular

Opinions

  1. Why is China's financial sector going global?
  2. World needs safety net against euro crisis
  3. US-Pakistan anti-terrorism coalition close to collapse
  4. China's schools on the way up
  5. What is to be done with Syria?
  6. UK mass strike shows steep learning curve
  7. China-Myanmar ties challenged by US moves
  8. China and India mustn't go for the throat
  9. Germany needs wisdom to save euro
  10. Egypt's chaos: No end in sight

What's happening in China

Full of the joys of life in prison

  1. Beijing revising housing rules
  2. Hospital head dismissed over baby scandal
  3. Injured in stable condition after blast kills two
  4. Yachting sector surfing a wave of high interest
  5. 6 schoolchildren hurt in minibus rollover accident

PD Online Data

  1. The lion dance in Guangzhou
  2. The flower fair in Guangzhou
  3. Lion dances pay New Year calls in Guilin
  4. Jiangsu´s special New Year traditions
  5. Hakka traditions in Spring Festival