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Smoking pilot causes flight chaos

A co-pilot smoking an e-cigarette on an Air China flight caused the plane to start a rapid emergency descent, according to investigators.

They say he tried to hide the fact that he was smoking but accidentally shut off the air-conditioning, causing oxygen levels to fall.

The crew on Tuesday's flight from Hong Kong to the city of Dalian released oxygen masks and brought the plane more than 6500m lower.

It later returned to cruising altitude.

An initial probe by China's Civil Aviation Administration in China has shown that the co-pilot tried to turn off a fan to stop smoke reaching the passenger cabin without telling the captain, but turned off the air-conditioning unit instead.

Passengers say they were told to fasten their seat belts as the plane had to descend.

The BBC reported that the regulator's safety officer Qiao Yibin said the crew had to perform emergency measures, dropping oxygen masks until they could figure out the problem.

The airline promised a "zero-tolerance" approach to crew misbehaviour on Chinese social media site Weibo.

What do you think should happen to the pilots?

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Lock him up. He like all other smokers is a menace to society.

...and anti-smokers are a greater menace to the society!!! However, in the case of this pilot, lock him up for reckless endangerment of airline safety.

Obviously you are a smoker enough said

How are anti-smokers a menace to society? Puzzled. Seems a nonsense statement.

Anti smokers are a menace to society because they run smokers off the clean environment

IT wasn't the smoking that caused this it was a pilot that did not have the capability -- so he should lose his job till he has the ability to know how to use the controls

Or at the very least learn how to follow no smoking rules that apply to ALL areas in a plane!

I note they come down heavy on smokers   -- for heavens sake lay off them!

NO, I AM NOT A SMOKER -- 

it is a legal habit,  but they continue to have very lax laws for drinkers you don't see a person light up a cig'and jump in the car and wipe out a family

Actually I have seen exactly that! The driver smoker dropped their ciggy and bent down to retreive it crashing head-on into another car coming the other way.

Both smoking and drinking are legal activities, but one or both is often banned in some places. Smoking is not allowed in some places such as an airplane! Drinking on planes is also banned in some cases e.g. domestic flights, some international carriers etc.

Where others are put at risk the activity should be limited! As in fact they both are.

Yes I am sure that happens KSS,  but smoking does not affect their minds like alcohol.

Of course their minds are affected if they smoke weed when driving

 Chinese authorities have cut flights for Air China 737 and revoked the licence of the entire cockpit Crew

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