Date: 11 Jul 98 03:00:11 From: Chuanga@cris.com (H Andrew Chuang) Organization: Concentric Internet Services Followups: 1 2 3
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Taiwan's CAA has released its findings on the A300 crash near Taipei last February. The authorities concluded that the crash was caused by human errors. The co-pilot was new to the aircraft type, and the pilot was too concerned with the deteriorating weather conditions (which would have forced the plane to divert to Kaohsiung in Southern Taiwan). The captain also ignored serveral warnings of being too high during the approach. However, to my surprise, Taiwan's CAA demanded China Airlines to phase out the A300 in two years under the recommendation of "experts" (foreign and local). According to the news article that I read, they claim the A300 are not "suitable" for East Asian pilots! Well, no matter how silly this recommendation sounds, some people at Boeing must be happy to hear this. Expect a sizable B777 (or B777/767) order soon from CI.