CHINA: China pilots to be vetted after probe

Chinese authorities are investigating the country’s commercial pilots’ qualifications amid revelations more than 200 of them lied on their resumes. The probe comes after 42 people died on 24 August when a Henan Airlines aircraft crashed at a small airport in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province, with pilot error being suspected as the cause. The accident […]


Chinese authorities are investigating the country’s commercial pilots’ qualifications amid revelations more than 200 of them lied on their resumes. The probe comes after 42 people died on 24 August when a Henan Airlines aircraft crashed at a small airport in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang province, with pilot error being suspected as the cause. The accident was China’s first major air disaster in nearly six years. The investigation into qualifications was launched by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) according to the central government’s news website said. Between 2008 and 2009, the resumes of more than 200 Chinese commercial pilots were found to have been falsified, the report said, with some of them embellishing their flying histories. At least half of the pilots worked for Shenzhen Airlines, which owns Henan Airlines. “Some pilots changed their jobs many times and they constantly distorted their resumes,” the report said. “Some of them were former military pilots and became civil pilots, after being discovered a lot of them were grounded and had to go through re-examinations and re-assessment.” The government said it would also check the qualifications of other industry workers ¨C in what is the fastest growing aviation market in the world – such as flight trainers, airline investigators, repair crews and air traffic controllers, the report said. “We must draw a lesson from this painful air accident and figure out how to control the quick development (of the industry) and use quality demands to stabilise and slow development,” Li Jiaxiang, CAAC head, was quoted by the government report as saying.