Pilots suspended after failing test

The Taiwan government ordered all airlines yesterday to review their safety protocols after nearly half the pilots trained to fly TransAsia’s ATR planes were suspended following last week’s fatal crash in the capital, Taipei.

Taiwan’s aviation regulator said 10 of TransAsia’s twin-engined 49 ATR pilots had failed oral proficiency tests on handling the aircraft during engine failure. A further 19 pilots did not take the test, due to sickness or because they were not in Taiwan, the Civil Aviation Authority said.

The 29 pilots who failed or did not take the test were suspended.

“The result is not acceptable,” TransAsia chief executive Peter Chen said. “We will strengthen their training.”

A TransAsia ATR 72-600s plane crashed into a river in Taipei killing at least 42 people last week.

– Reuters

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