Pilots in Singapore Crash Fired
By Edward Harris
Associated Press Writer
Friday, July 26, 2002; 3:36 AM
SINGAPORE –– Two pilots involved in a
deadly Singapore Airlines crash at Taipei's international airport
have been fired, the company said Friday.
The Oct. 31, 2000 crash at Taiwan's Chiang Kai-Shek International
Airport occurred when one of the carrier's jumbo jets took a wrong
turn down a closed runway, plowing through construction equipment.
The crash killed 83 people.
Three pilots of the Los Angeles-bound flight had their flying
privileges immediately suspended and a long, sometimes contentious,
investigation was launched by Taiwanese and Singaporean authorities.
Two of the three pilots of Flight SQ006, Capt. Foong Chee Kong
and First Officer Cyrano Latiff, were fired, according to a company
A third pilot, First Officer Ng Kheng Lang, remains employed by
the company but has been grounded, said Singapore Airlines spokesman
by pilot errors exacerbated by bad weather from an approaching
The investigators said the pilots could have prevented the
accident if they had used airport navigation charts or requested
A Singapore-led investigation into the crash laid more of the
blame on the Taiwanese airport, saying the runways weren't properly
This week, the company said it received notification from the
High Prosecutor's office in Taipei that charges filed against Foong
and Latiff will be suspended on the condition that the pilots
perform community service and refrain from flying to Taiwan for a
map of accident taxi-route