Kinmen Airport: two cases in 5 days of passengers opening aircraft emergency doors

Two flights experienced delays at Kinmen Airport in the last week, due to passengers opening the emergency doors, one before take-off, and one after landing. On October 31, a flight about to depart for Taichung International Airport had to abort after a 63-year-old woman named Chen opened the emergency door. Flight attendants had just given the pre-flight safety demonstration, including instructions on opening the emergency exits, when Ms Chen apparently decided to put the instructions to the test. Chen, who

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Flight at Taoyuan Airport aborted after man spotted clinging to landing gear

A China Airlines flight was aborted on the runway after a man ran out of long grass and jumped onto the landing gear as the plane was about to take off this afternoon, November 2. At 1:35pm, flight CI028 from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport to Palau was preparing to take off when the pilot of an Asiana Airlines plane spotted a man running out of the grass and mounting the landing gear of the plane. The Asiana Airlines pilot immediately

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Taipei to Hong Kong flight delayed after passenger shouts “bomb”

A flight from Taipei Taoyuan International Airport was delayed for four hours today after a passenger shouted that there was a bomb on the plane shortly before take off. The Hong Kong Airlines plane had taxied to the runway, and was scheduled to take off at 12:25pm when a woman suddenly stood up and shouted in Cantonese, “there’s a bomb on the plane…it’s not safe.” Cabin crew contacted the flight captain, who immediately informed the control tower that he was

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Paraglider to be fined NT$300 after landing on Highway

Two paragliders survived unscathed after landing on the Suhua Highway in Hualien County today, and police said that the paragliding operator may be liable to a fine of NT$300 (US$9.74). At around noon today, the paraglider came down and missed the landing area situated just 30 meters from the road in Xincheng Township. Motorists on the 4 lane section of highway were fortunately stopped at a red light at the time. The landing was caught on at least one vehicle’s

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China Airlines pilot caught sleeping at controls of 747

Video footage of a senior pilot sleeping in his seat while flying a China Airlines 747 has surfaced in Taiwan, and the aviation company says that the pilot has already been punished for breaching flight safety regulations. EBC News broke the story yesterday and published the 13 second footage of the flight captain snoozing on the job, noting that sleeping in the cockpit is a breach of Taiwan’s aviation regulations. The pilot is said to be a chief officer with

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China Airlines pilots strike in the middle of Lunar New Year holiday

Twenty-six flights to and from Taiwan’s international airports have been cancelled after pilots from the China Airlines branch of Pilots Union Taoyuan began a strike from 6:00am today, February 8. Up to 4,000 passengers may be affected from today, Friday, to Sunday, the last day of the Lunar New Year holiday. Travelers with flights booked with China Airlines can check the status of their flights here. The pilots’ union announced the strike at midnight last night after negotiations broke down

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Taiwanese flight attendant traumatized after being forced to wipe fat, white, old, foreign butt

A female Taiwanese flight attendant felt physically and mentally traumatized after being exposed to the sight of an obese man’s genitals, and being forced to wipe the man’s bottom, after he went to the toilet on a flight from Los Angeles to Taipei yesterday, January 19. “I feel dirty.” The flight attendant wrote on an Instagram post that detailed the experience. According to reports in Taiwan media outlets, the flight attendant wrote that an old, white, American man, weighing around

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Three Survive Crash-landing in Ocean

Three occupants of a light aircraft were rescued after the pilot put the plane down in the ocean off the coast of Kaohsiung City this evening, July 9. The Diamond Aircraft Industries 4-seat, single-engine DA40 aircraft belonging to Apex Flight Academy disappeared from radar screens southwest of Kaohsiung International Airport after sending a mayday message at around 5:10pm. The National Search and Rescue Command Center reported that two people had been airlifted out of the water by helicopter, while a

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Taiwan’s Newest Airline starts Recruitment Drive for Pilots

Starlux Airlines announced today that it would do its best to cultivate Taiwanese pilots, saying that the company would inculcate safety as an attitude, not just a requirement. Starlux Chairman Chang Kuo-wei said that anyone with ROC nationality who has a university degree , and English language certification, can apply to become a pilot. Military officers can also apply. As well as relevant qualifications, applicants should have team spirit, good communications skills, and a sense of mission. Applications can be

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Vietjet Air Launches Direct Flights between Taichung and Hanoi

From June 22, Vietjet Air will offer direct flights between Taichung and Hanoi 5 times per week, the company announced today. The new route is designed to meet increasing demand from travelers, and promote trade and regional integration, the company said. Flights will operate daily except Tuesdays and Thursdays, departing Taichung at 5.30pm and arriving in Hanoi at 7:20pm. Flights from Hanoi will depart at 1:00pm and arrive in Taichung at 4:30pm. The Hanoi-Taichung route is the 7th route between

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Missing Rescue Helicopter Salvaged: Remains of 2 People Recovered

A helicopter that went missing 2 months ago was finally recovered from the seabed today, April 12. The remains of two out of 6 passengers and crew were found in the fuselage. The Sikorsky UH-60M Black Hawk, belonging to the National Airborne Services Corps, was on an emergency medical evac mission when it lost radio contact, and disappeared from radar screens at around 11:50pm, Monday evening, February 5, shortly after taking off from Orchid Island. Three flight crew, an emergency

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