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CAA mulls tighter safety rules for domestic flights

TAIPEI--The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) was set to discuss Monday if stricter flight safety standards should be established during inclement weather after a TransAsia (復興航空) plane crashed last month, leaving 48 people dead.

CAA head Jean Shen, along with representatives from local airline companies, will focus on whether new requirements during takeoffs and landings in poor weather conditions such as thunderstorms or typhoons are required.

A total of 58 people were aboard flight GE222, which crashed on approach to outlying Penghu County's airport in heavy weather in the wake of Typhoon Matmo.

TransAsia later said it will require visibility to be 50 percent greater than the current standard for each domestic airport it serves, to reduce risk caused by bad weather.

At Penghu's Magong Airport, for example, where the minimum visibility standard for landing is 1,600 meters, TransAsia flights will not be allowed to land unless their pilots have visibility of 2,400 meters.

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