Chinese Eastern to review pilots language skills after comms breakdown

Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines said it will make efforts to improve the English of its pilots after one of its aircraft took off without clearance from controllers at a Japanese airport.
Flight MU516, with 245 people on board, flying from Osaka´s Kansai International Airport to Shanghai on November 28 took off even when told by the control tower to wait on the runway and disobeyed further instructions to abort.
The Japanese air traffic authority said it was opening an investigation into why the A330 aircraft suddenly took off while traffic controllers were communicating with the pilot of a helicopter.
The airline says it is co-operating with Japan´s investigation and that it will seek to ‘regulate’ its flight crews´ English communications.