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China penalises airline after Qatar Airways landing row

JuneYao Airlines barred from hiring foreign crew after run-in over emergency landing

China penalises airline after Qatar Airways landing row
A pilot for Qatar Airways was stopped from making an emergency landing in Shanghai by another airline

JuneYao Airlines Co, the Shanghai- based carrier, had its capacity cut by 10 percent for three months and was barred from hiring foreign crew after a pilot failed to give way to a Qatar Airways plane making an emergency landing.

The carrier will also be prevented from setting up subsidiaries and from buying or leasing new aircraft, the East China Regional Administration of the Civil Aviation Administration of China said in a statement on its website Monday. It didn’t say how long the suspensions will last.

In the incident at Shanghai’s Hongqiao Airport on August 13, the JuneYao aircraft didn’t give way to a Qatar Airways plane even after six orders from air-traffic control, the regulator said. The Qatar aircraft had been diverted to Hongqiao from nearby Pudong Airport because of a thunderstorm. Both the Qatar and JuneYao pilots said they needed priority because of fuel shortages.

Investigations showed that the JuneYao plane had enough fuel onboard to fly for another 72 minutes when it landed, the regulator said. The Qatar plane had 48 minutes’ worth. Both figures include reserve fuel loads.

The JuneYao captain, who is South Korean, had his license revoked and was banned from seeking to fly in China again. His copilot was grounded for six months.

Zhou Min, a spokesman for JuneYao Group, didn’t answer a call to his mobile phone.

JuneYao Group, which also invests in real estate, is the parent of JuneYao Air. The carrier flies to destinations including Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Harbin and Xi’an. It has a fleet of 22 Airbus SAS A320-family planes with eight more on order, according to Ascend data on Aviation Week’s website.

The Qatar pilot underestimated how much fuel their plane had, which the Qatari aviation authorities have been informed about, the regulator said. Otherwise, the pilot acted appropriately, it said.

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We Are The People 8 years ago

You gotta love the Chinese.

SAFA 8 years ago

The Chinease airlines shoud be more cautious. Poeple would die in such incidents.

Sometimes, low-cost carriers have problems with Pilots training.

I think they deserve to be pinished!