Those two China Airlines A340 pilots who took off from
Anchorage's taxiway earlier this year have just been
informed of their punishment. Taiwan aviation authority
has suspended them from flying, 8 months for the captain
and 7 months for the co-pilot. The official conclusion was
that they have "committed gross negligence" during the
According to the news release, it was the most severe
punishment ever handed down by the Taiwan aviation
authority. (other CI pilots had paid the ultimate price
for their mistakes... the ones on those two A300s that
crashed a few years ago)
One new piece of info that just came out was very scary.
When the Airbus A340 took off from the taxiway, its
main landing gear had made tire marks on the snow berm
at the end of the taxiway. If the A340 had lifted off just
a few seconds late, it would have no doubt collided and
crashed into the freezing water... The lead investigator
said "in that case, we would have a major disaster on
our hands"(what an understatement).... There were
252 souls onboard(including the crew) at the time.
China Airlines said the pilots will be suspended during
the 7 & 8-month period, WITHOUT pay. Does this mean
the pilots will go back flying A340s afterwards?