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China United Airlines Punished for Fight Involving Pilots

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 02, 2015

China United Airlines Punished for Fight Involving Pilots

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A report released Tuesday by the Chinese government claims two pilots aboard a China United Airlines flight were involved in a physical confrontation with each other in June.

In a report from Agence France-Presse, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) released a formal announcement about the punishment against China United Airlines, which revealed one of the reasons for the ramifications was two pilots fighting.

The report did not delve into the details of the flight or the pilots involved, but the CAAC levied heavy sanctions against China United Airlines, including a 10 percent cut in flying hours and a ban on adding new routes.

As for the two pilots who reportedly got into the fight, the CAAC has come down just as hard with its punishment for them, grounding them for at least six months. China United Airlines told The AFP that the pilots had only some physical contact stemming from an argument, but that it never became a full-blown fist fight.

The report from the CAAC also stated that China United Airlines had several other safety incidents this year, including three in June and July alone that were considered serious violations of regulations.

As shocking as it is to hear about pilots fighting, it is not the first time. As TravelPulse’s Rich Thomaselli reported in April, two pilots aboard an Air India flight were also grounded after they were involved in a physical confrontation during a trip from Jaipur to New Delhi in India.

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