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China censures Emirates airline after two safety incidents - Xinhua
June 15, 2017 / 6:40 AM / 6 months ago

China censures Emirates airline after two safety incidents - Xinhua

SHANGHAI/DUBAI (Reuters) - China’s civil aviation authority has fined Dubai-based carrier Emirates and barred it from adding new destinations and aircraft in China for six months after two incidents of “unsafe operations”, the state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday.

An Emirates Airlines ticket desk stands empty at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

According to the report the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) said that the pilots were responsible for an incident on April 17 when an aircraft flew at the wrong altitude and another on May 18 when a plane temporarily lost contact with air traffic control.

Both happened over China’s far western region of Xinjiang, it said.

CAAC fined Emirates, the world’s largest long-haul airline, 29,000 yuan ($4,270) and said it had summoned senior officials from the airline for a meeting, Xinhua reported without further details.

Emirates said that it “fully complies” with CAAC’s requirements for its flights to China and that it would “co-operate fully” and “complete all actions recommended” by the aviation authority regarding the two incidents.

“Emirates will never compromise on the safety of our passengers and crew. Safety is our number-one priority at all times,” the airline said in a statement.

($1 = 6.7888 Chinese yuan renminbi)

Reporting by John Ruwitch in Shanghai and Alexander Cornwell in Dubai; Editing by Stephen Coates, Greg Mahlich

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