Two accidents within two months have rattled the Chinese aviation industry, with CAAC calling on frontline workers to report any lapses in safety,
Following two accidents within two months, the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) will be seeking out “whistleblowers” across the industry to highlight potential safety oversights.
Protections for whistleblowers
As reported by Reuters, the document posted on May 19 has seen CAAC urge its frontline employees and management officials to report any findings to airlines, preventing future incidents.
“It is of great necessity that we fully mobilize the vast number of frontline personnel – for them to be willing and dare to be a safety’ whistle blower’, which would also be crucial in reversing the current unfavorable situation and maintain the stable operations of the industry safety,” wrote CAAC in Thursday’s statement.
CAAC has assured that whistleblowers will be rewarded and have their identities protected through confidentiality agreements.
China holds one of the highest aviation safety records worldwide, significantly lower than the worldwide average of 0.57 accidents per million commercial departures, with zero reported in 2021.
On March 21, a China Eastern Airlines Boeing 737-800, flight MU5735, crashed into the mountains of Guangxi, killing all 132 onboard. While initial investigations point towards a deliberate crash, the accident was the first fatal accident in the country for over a decade, bringing an end to 100 million flying hours without a major civil aviation accident.
Current safety measures
China’s state council currently oversees the operation of the country’s three major carriers, Air China, China Southern Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines, providing strict enforcement of aviation regulations.
Source: Simple Flying