Japan Assigns Safety Measure Officers To Foreign Airlines
October 23, 2007 8:20 a.m. EST
Vittorio Hernandez - AHN News Writer
Tokyo, Japan (AHN) - Following a near air disaster on Saturday due to unauthorized landing of an Air Canada passenger plan at Japan's Kansai International Airport close to Osaka, the country's Transport Ministry announced Sunday the assignment of safety measure officers for foreign airlines.
It was not only the Kansai incident that triggered the move, but previous air mishaps involving budget Asian air carriers landing in Japan's airports. Air Canada's Flight 36, despite an order from the air traffic controller to hold its position, nevertheless landed, using the runway intended for Japan Airlines Flight 767 from Okinawa. The two carriers were Boeing 767s, Air Canada had 216 aboard, JAL had 243 passengers and crew. On August a China Airlines Boeing 737 exploded at Naha Airport in Okinawa.
Safety measure officers from Japan's Civil Aviation Bureau will gather information on non-Japanese carriers and liaise with aviation safety officers of other countries. The Transport Ministry said foreign airlines flying to Japan had gone up the past five years to 580 flights per week. Three hundred eighty are by Asian airlines that have expanded operations to cover smaller airports in the country.
Sorry guys but I couldn't resist posting this. Vittori, get the facts straight.