Bobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3797 times:
Air China banned from flying Boeing 747-200s to Busan in South Korea
Sun Aug 11, 3:06 AM ET
SEOUL, South Korea - The South Korean government said Sunday it has banned Air China from flying Boeing 747-200s to the southern city of Busan, where one of the Chinese flag-carrier's jumbo jets crashed in April.
"We notified Air China that we have banned the same type of plane involved in the crash from flying the same route," the Transportation Ministry said in a news release.
Ministry officials said the Chinese airline can fly other types of plane to Busan.
On April 15, an Air China Boeing 747-200 with 166 people on board crashed into a mountain while trying to land in rain at an airport near Busan. The accident left 122 people dead and six others missing. Thirty-eight people survived.
The plane's Chinese pilot, 31-year-old Wu Xinlu, told investigators that his plane experienced no mechanical problems before the crash, which prompted South Korean officials to focus on human error.
The two "black boxes," which contain flight data and cockpit voice exchanges, were recovered.
South Korean officials plan to hold a public hearing in Seoul this month before concluding their investigation of the crash. Final results of the investigation would not be available before the end of this year, they said.
Air China is one of three major international carriers based in the country. The crash was Air China's first fatal one since its establishment in 1988
The amount of compensation money for victims from April's Air China crash in Gimhae, South Gyeongsang Province, is presumed to reach over 200 million won per person, government officials said yesterday.
The Ministry of Construction and Transportation said that they demanded Air China pay a realistic sum in compensation money for the victims, to which the Chinese side agreed in principle.
Air China officials reportedly told the Korean officials they will propose adequate amounts of compensation by putting enthusiastic efforts into negotiations with bereaved families and taking under consideration cases in the past such as the Korean Air crash in Guam several years ago.
The compensatory fund will include consolatory money, funeral expenses and others, the ministry officials said.
The amount will also reflect each victim's age group and income level, they said.
After the 1997 crash in Guam, Korean Air paid 275 million won in compensation to each victim.
The ministry also notified Air China of a ban on Boeing 767 airplanes owned by the airline from flying to Gimhae Airport.
Airbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 3642 times:
it doesnt make any sense to ban a type on aircraft flying on certain routes. if the koreans are worried that human error caused the crash and if it is true it must relate to the training of the airline. and no matter what a/c type air china is flying, they are under the same training department of the airline. right? correct me if i am wrong. but this just doesnt make sense.
Hkg82 From Hong Kong, joined Apr 2002, 1328 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 3555 times:
There's been a huge mix-up in the reporting, the media have got it completely wrong!! It was a 767-200 that crashed not a 747-200!
I assume the 767-200 has been banned but it doesn't make any sense. I have no idea why they would ban an aircraft from landing in Busan, despite the crash. It's probably got something to do with politics...