Tuesday, October 20

China pilots told to rise above prostitution, gambling and drink

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BEIJING: China’s airline pilots have been warned to steer clear of prostitutes, gambling and drink ahead of this year’s Lunar New Year holiday, part of a campaign to strengthen the country’s air safety record.

China has experienced few crashes since the early 2000s, the result of stricter safety rules, better training and a relatively young fleet of mainly Western-made aircraft.

Praising Chinese pilots for flying 8.46 million hours last year, the China Airline Pilots’ Association noted in an open letter that ‘very few’ pilots were selfish or hedonistic.

The association did say, however, that some pilots were involved with prostitutes, gambling, drunk-driving and smuggling. Such behaviour ‘severely challenges legal and moral bottom lines,’ it said without naming any pilots. — Reuters