01 Dec '11, 6am
China airline to improve English after safety breach
BEIJING (AFP) - A Chinese airline pledged on Wednesday to improve its crews' English skills after one of its flights took off from a Japanese airport without authorisation. China Eastern Airlines did not say what caused the error, but pledged to 'further improve the English communication skills of our flight crews to assure flight safety,' suggesting it may have been a misunderstanding. The airline also said it was cooperating with an investigation by Japanese authorities into Monday's incident, in which its pilot took off from Osaka airport without clearance from air traffic controllers. 'Eastern Airlines will fully cooperate with the investigation and will fully uphold the principle of safety first and operate in accordance with the law,' the airline added in a statement posted online on Wednesday.