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Cathay Pacific suspends second pilot, citing misuse of company information

Tue, 13th Aug 2019 09:00

BEIJING/HONG KONG, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Hong Kong flag carrierCathay Pacific Airways said it had suspended withimmediate effect on Tuesday a second officer operating flightCX216 for misuse of company information, and had also commencedinternal disciplinary proceedings.

The flight was on Monday, it said in an emailed statement toReuters.

The airline got caught in the tussle between Beijing andpro-democracy groups in the Asian financial hub on Friday afterChina's civil aviation regulator demanded the airline suspendpersonnel who engaged in or supported illegal protests in HongKong from staffing flights into its airspace.

The airline over the weekend moved to comply with the demandfrom the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC),suspending a pilot arrested during anti-government protests inHong Kong and firing two airport employees citing misconduct.(Reporting by Stella Qiu in BEIJING and Brenda Goh in HONGKONG; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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