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Taiwanese Carrier Questioned for Flying in Typhoon Conditions

Eva Air under fire for operating 30 flights during Typhoon Megi.

One Taiwanese carrier is under fire for flying during a regional typhoon, while the operator claims they did nothing wrong. The South China Morning Post reports Eva Air could face an investigation from the Taiwanese Civil Aviation Authority, after electing to operate 30 flights to and from the country during Typhoon Megi.

The flights took off and departed under severe weather conditions, which included wind gusts of up to nearly 100 miles per hour and heavy rains. Other international airlines elected to cancel over 400 flights during the storm, which made landfall on September 27, 2016. However, Eva Air elected to continue flying 30 of their scheduled 45 flights during the storm.

Passengers aboard the flights described experiencing severe turbulence while attempting to take off and land during the storm conditions. Other passengers said that once their luggage was loaded in, the airline refused to retrieve them, forcing them to either travel with their luggage, or wait the storm out.

“Many people threw up and two even passed out,” one passenger wrote on Facebook about her experiences in the storm. “Many were crying … it was terrifying,”

The Civil Aviation Authority of Taiwan reported to the South China Morning Post that they would investigate the airline’s actions prior to and during the storm, in order to determine if they broke any safety violations. However, in a statement to the newspaper, the airline claims that they did nothing wrong and were well in their right to operate.

“Flight safety has always been our top priority,” a spokesperson for the airline told the South China Morning Post. “All flights flying that day operated under circumstances of no safety risks and in line with aviation standards.”

[Photo: Eva Air]

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longliveKA October 1, 2016

Have had this experience with China airlines too. That's precisely why I would never fly with Taiwanese carriers if I can avoid it. The last time a 2 hour flight from PVG to TPE turned to a 12 hour ordeal. No other companies were flying, but CI insisted that despite having a super typhoon centered over Taipei, conditions were good enough for flying. Up we went, 2 attempted landings, 1 fuel diversion to Hong Kong, and finally after 5 hours waiting in the plane in HK a new attempt to land in TPE 12 hours after leaving Shanghai. Finally made it in one piece to TPE at 6 AM (having left at 18:00 from PVG on what should have been a 2 hour flight). No buses or any other transportation service available, and of course, no CI rep available to apologize or arrange an alternative transportation. Fly them at your own risk with good weather conditions, but if a typhoon is approaching you better play it safe and choose a carrier that doesn't play Russian roulette and might end up like CI 642 that crashed in HKG in 1999 during a typhoon. Some people never learn!

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weero October 1, 2016

And still BR is the one with the immaculate safety record and CI isn't .... not by a fat margin. Probably just a whitewash operation for the abysmal reputation of the flag carrier.