China Places Limits on North Korean Airline’s Operations After Emergency Landing
The Chinese government said it will limit the operations of Air Koryo, North Korea’s state-owned airline, after a Beijing-bound flight made an emergency landing in a northeastern Chinese city last month.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China announced unspecified “relevant measures to limit operations” and also told the airline to improve training and maintenance.
Last month an Air Koryo Tupolev TU204-300 en route from Pyongyang to Beijing made an emergency landing in Shenyang after smoke filled the cabin. The aircraft landed without further incident and there were no casualties.
The CAAC said in a statement on Wednesday that an investigation had revealed that smoke had come from a call button in the cabin. The airline must improve crew training on how to handle emergency landings, improve its communications with air traffic control, and improve aircraft maintenance, the agency said.
Air Koryo was founded in 1950 as Soviet–North Korean Airline, a joint Soviet-Korean operation, to operate service linking Pyongyang with Moscow. While its international flights are operating using new Tu-204 or Il-62 aircraft, it uses older aircraft on domestic runs and also offers special flights for aviation enthusiasts using Cold War-era planes.
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