200 Chinese Pilots Faked Flying Records – After a controversy came out that more than 200 pilots lied about their experience, China is checking the qualifications of all its commercial pilots.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) conducted an investigation. This new revelation follows the previous investigation which started last year.
Half of the pilots worked for the parent company of an airline were involved in a recent fatal plane crash. Shenzhen Airlines is the parent company of Henan Airlines, whose aircraft crashed last month and killed 42 people. 54 passengers and crew survived the crash. The plane missed the runway which resulted to a tragic accident.
Between 2008 and 2009, the employment histories of more than 200 Chinese commercial pilots were found to have been falsified. Some of them embellished their flying histories. It was said in a report that some of those individuals involved were former military pilots who became civil pilots. After being having found out, pilots were grounded and had to go through re-examinations and re-assessment.
The CAAC, the country’s aviation regulator, has now launched a further investigation into qualifications. It cannot guarantee and it has to get rid of all the under qualified pilots. However, this new investigation will also look at others involved in China’s aviation industry which includes flight trainers, airline investigators, repair crews and air traffic controllers.
A separate investigation is being conducted in which authorities who are looking into the Henan Airlines crash were focusing on the qualifications of the pilot.
China’s aviation industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world. It creates a strong demand for experienced aviation professionals.