CORONAVIRUS/EVA Air fires pilot for violating COVID-19 control rules

12/23/2020 09:01 PM
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Taipei, Dec. 23 (CNA) EVA Airways announced Wednesday that it had decided to dismiss a pilot who failed to follow Taiwan's COVID-19 control measures, as his misconduct had not only led to the country's first domestic case in 253 days but had damaged the carrier's image.

EVA Air said an internal disciplinary meeting held earlier in the day made the decision because the pilot, a New Zealander who was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19, had violated the Communicable Disease Control Act and Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) regulations governing COVID-19 controls for cabin crew.

The pilot did not wear a mask while on duty, infected two of his colleagues and later impeded an epidemic control probe by the company and health authorities, EVA Air said.

His behavior hurt the carrier's image and the dismissal went into effect immediately, according to the airline, one of Taiwan's leading carriers.

Earlier, the carrier had issued an apology to the public and pledged to tighten its disease control measures.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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