Language Barriers at Ground Control (Video)

Jason Li Virtual China posts this YouTube clip from a news program exploring the problem of Chinese pilots having limited English abilities when they land in English-language ports. It seems to me that the airline ought to put someone in the cockpit with a reasonable comprehension of the native language of airport where they land, and since some air traffic and ground control messages could be pretty urgent, it’d be great if that was the pilot. Still, I wonder what language U.S. pilots are speaking when they land in Beijing.

UPDATE: This appears to be a reproduction of this English-language CNN clip.

Li, who from what I can tell seems to be based in the United States, also received an interesting message from someone in China:

“Can you access my internet [from there]?”





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