原文标题：China: Pilot failed to locate runway before crash
BEIJING (AP) — A commercial airline pilot failed to locate the runway before landing and abandoned the plane after it crashed in northeastern China two years ago, the government said Friday and called for the chief pilot to be prosecuted.
The 2010 crash of a Henan Airlines plane killed 44 people and injured 52 and was China’s first major commercial air disaster in nearly six years.
The State Administration of Work Safety also suggested in its investigation report that the airline should be fined 5 million yuan ($795,000) for lax safety management.
The agency’s investigation said chief pilot Qi Quanjun violated aviation rules during the descent, did not locate the runway before landing and abandoned the crashed aircraft.
The Embraer E-190 jet hit the ground 690 meters (2,260 feet) short of the runway at the Lindu airport in Heilongjiang province’s Yichun city, then burst into flames. Media reports at the time said fog shrouded the runway during the landing.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China has said that a 2008-2009 investigation had found that 200 pilots falsified their flying histories, with more than half of them working for Henan Airlines’ parent company. It said airlines desperate for staff had been hiring pilots whose resumes had been faked. The most recent report didn’t say if Qi was among those who doctored his resume.
The report said Qi should have his pilot’s license revoked, be removed from his post and expelled from the Communist Party, and should also face criminal charges though it didn’t specify what they would be.
State media said in 2010 that Qi was a former People’s Liberation Army pilot and had been unable to speak after the crash due to severe injuries to his face.
Full-tilt expansion of Chinese air traffic in the 1990s led to a series of crashes that gave China the reputation of being unsafe. The poor record prompted the government to improve safety drastically, from airlines to new air traffic management systems at airports.
Prior to the Yichun disaster, the last major passenger jet crash in China was in November 2004, when a China Eastern airplane plunged into a lake in northern China, killing all 53 on board and two on the ground.
MLB ? 1 day 14 hrs ago
There’s no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
Lester ? 1 day 7 hrs ago
As pilots say, “any landing you walk away from is a good landing”, and since he left the aircraft it must have been a good landing for him. Little rough on some of his passengers.
Billy ? 17 hrs ago
if the pilot had located the runway before he crashed that would have been better?
Bob ? 18 hrs ago
He didn’t locate the runway but he did land dead center the crash site and he got there before the emergency crews so what’s the problem?
G ? 1 day 9 hrs ago
Yes, missing the runway generally tends to cause a crash.
Michaelc ? 14 hrs ago
PILOT FAILED TO LOCATE RUNWAY BEFORE HE CRASHED—-Did he manage to locate the runway AFTER he crashed? In ‘aviation speak’ this is known as ‘ controlled flight into terrain’. In other words, he put it down, just not in the right place!
Rickyfontane07 ? Harker Heights, Texas ? 1 day 6 hrs ago
“Missed it by that much”……
SoWhat! ? 1 day 7 hrs ago
They’ll execute him.
Wow ? 1 day 19 hrs ago
And yet the pilots survived the crash!?
4-Square ? 16 hrs ago
I guess some of the landing lights were dim sum.
MeMeMe ? New York, New York ? 17 hrs ago
I understand revoking his license, and facing criminal charges, expelled from the Communist Party ? I think that’s a bit overboard ? That’s his only pride he got left, well maybe not..lol
GOD ? 1 day 8 hrs ago
What was the tip off that he “doctored” his resume – The burning carcass of the Embraer E-190, or the fact that under employment he wrote “1 billion, gagillion, fafillion, shabolubalu million illion yillion” hours of flight time, working for Dr. Evil.?
是什么泄露他篡改简历的？ Embraer E-190燃烧的骨架，还是飞行记录中写”10亿、1万亿…”小时的飞行记录，为恶魔的工作？
O ? Cleveland, Ohio ? 1 day 14 hrs ago
do you expect him to burn in the wreckage if he was lucky enough to survive? ofcourse he got out of there and didn’t go back in. its different than a ship’s captian who must wait to get off till all the passengers have gotten off. a plane crash is alot more violent and involves fires.
E W ? 19 hrs ago
After two years they determined that the pilot failed to find the runway.
I think that the first clue was that the plane never made it to the runway, but I’m no rocket scientist………
Quint ? 1 day 13 hrs ago
“failed to locate runway before crash”…Hence the word “CRASH”
Frosty Dallas ? 1 day 14 hrs ago
“PILOT ERROR” would be an understatement! This guy’s family may be facing a bill for the bullet to his head!
CommonSense ? Newark, New Jersey ? 4 days ago
Undoubted he went to the same flight school as the Muslim terriorists….landing isn’t a requirment
djh ? 4 days ago
Oh no he’s to be expelled from the Communist Party…..OH the HORROR!!!
Obama, the Illinois Idiot ? 4 days ago
Sounds like a typical Chinese pilot to me. Can’t find the runway? No biggie.
Zaporozhye Reader ? Kansas City, Missouri ? 4 days ago
The plane crashed and burned, but the pilot survived and is charged with abandoning the plane. What is he supposed to do, stay in there and be burned to death too. Maybe that wouldn’t be as bad as being expelled from the Communist party!!!!
Tony ? Bethany, Oklahoma ? 4 days ago
Moral of the story, don’t fly on any chinese air line unless you have death wish.
GH ? Cranbury, New Jersey ? 4 days ago
He landed the plane 1/2 a mile before reaching the runway and still manage to “abandoned the plane”, and most passengers survived? That’s pretty good.
Mike ? 4 days ago
The pilot fled the scene of the crash, changed his name, and became a cruise ship captain.
Dave ? 4 days ago
ohh no no no no me no see runway.
Jmax ? 4 days ago
He didn’t look out or look down to see if the runway was there or not ? That’s really strange. I wonder what he was doing at the time of touch down !?! Maybe he was blinded by the bright sun or something.
silent majority ? Los Angeles, California ? 4 days ago
Chinky-eyed chinese no good driver, handicapped 50% visibility, dangerous.
Larry ? 4 days ago
Made in China. That includes the pilot.
William J ? Southfield, Michigan ? 4 days ago
yeah, American pilot never crashed.
Geo ? 4 days ago
Asian = bad drivers and possibly bad pilots
xiao ? Bacau, Romania ? 4 days ago
It’s not bad enough that Chinese can buy their driving license… they can also fly commercial planes without proper training. It’s a wonder there aren’t more plane crashes.
Greg ? 4 days ago
Another pilot texting while flying.
Gaston ? Richardson, Texas ? 4 days ago
He was obviously trying to impress somebody with his survial skills.
Cyclonus ? Millersville, Pennsylvania ? 3 days ago
I guess the pilot forgot to open their eyes.
Ling ? 3 days ago
Runway too Narrow!
Hey! At least he found the airport. A story in the news not long ago, about an american commerical flight landing at the wrong airport. As Agent 86 would say “missed it by that much”
John O. ? 3 days ago
Chinese people can’t drive automobiles and they certainly shouldn’t be piloting planes!!!!