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CAA to step up evalution of TransAsia pilots

CAA to step up evalution of TransAsia pilots

Taipei, March 10 (CNA) The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Tuesday that it will step up its evaluation of pilots working for TransAsia Airways (??????) in the wake of the carrier's second deadly air crash in less than a year. The CAA said the re-evaluation of the carrier's ATR 72 pilots has entered a second phase. The carrier's 45 ATR72 pilots that passed an oral exam in the first stage are being tested on a flight simulator in Bangkok, with the tests expected to be completed by the end of the month. The 10 pilots that failed the oral exam have been grounded and will only return to their posts after re-training, CAA Director-General Lin Tyh-ming (???) said. On demands by lawmakers that pilots of the carrier's A320, A321, and A330 aircraft should also be re-tested, the CAA said that all pilots are required to take two simulator tests every year, and that it will step up its evaluations. TransAsia Airways said it had yet to receive notification from the CAA on testing pilots of other types of aircraft. The carrier said it is unaware of the content of the tests or the passing requirements, or of what the impact might be on flight arrangements. But the carrier will communicate with the CAA and acquiesce to the demands of the administration, the company said. The ongoing re-evaluation of the competence of TransAsia's pilots was urged after preliminary readings of the flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder from the ATR 72-600 that crashed in Taipei on Feb. 4 indicated that human error could have been behind the accident. The crash, which killed 43 of the 58 people on board, came just months after another TransAsia ATR 72 plane crashed in the outlying county of Penghu in July 2014, killing 48 of the 58 people on board. (By Angela Tsai, Wei Shu and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:07 GMT+08:00