By: Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, Sept. 15 (CNA) The pilot and co-pilot of a TransAsia Airways plane will be severely
disciplined for failing to follow the instructions of air controllers and entering a runway without permission, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Tuesday.
The CAA said it will discipline the pilot and co-pilot of the plane for their negligence in early October.
According to the Civil Aviation Act, they could be suspended for between one and three months and fined between NT$60,000 (US$1,846) and NT$300,000.
The incident took place on Sept. 4, when their TransAsia flight GE2322 was preparing to leave for Taipei from the outlying island of Kinmen at around 10:19 a.m.
With a UNI Air flight five nautical miles away and ready to land at Kinmen airport, air controllers asked the TransAsia ATR72-500 plane to wait on the airport’s taxiway. [FULL STORY]