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Crash affects recruiting at TransAsia's budget airline

Crash affects recruiting at TransAsia's budget airline

Taipei, Feb. 7 (CNA) A smaller than expected number of people showed up on Saturday for a flight attendant test conducted by V Air, the new budget airline unit of Taiwan's TransAsia Airways, following a TransAsia plane crash on Feb. 4. About 300 people were expected to take the flight attendant test Saturday, but just over 200 showed up, with the no-shows perhaps a little wary after TransAsia's Flight 235 from Taipei to Kinmen crashed in the Keelung River shortly after takeoff on Wednesday. Of the 58 people on board, 15 survived. Three people remained unaccounted for as of Saturday evening. Preliminary findings from the aircraft's black boxes indicated that pilot error may have contributed to the accident. According to the flight data recorder, the plane's engine No. 2 lost power shortly after takeoff, but instead of shutting off and trying to restart that engine, the pilots shut off the other engine, leaving the aircraft without any power. The accident raised questions about the safety practices of the rapidly expanding airline, but some of those who attended the V Air test Saturday said they still had faith in the company's flight safety and would not abandon their dream of flying. V Air is looking to hire 80 flight attendants in anticipation of the launch of routes between Taiwan and Northeast Asia this year. Some 2,000 people applied for the positions, and V Air selected 700 to take initial tests in groups. The final round of testing will be held after Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 19, and those who pass the tests will begin to report in March for a seven-week intensive training program before starting to work in the air in May or June. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-17 13:03 GMT+08:00