CPC staff disciplined for damaging aircraft during refueling

Taipei-Three employees at the state-run oil refiner CPC Corp., Taiwan have been disciplined over an incident in which a Tigerair Taiwan airplane was damaged during refueling at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport last week, the company said Wednesday.

CPC said it has decided to give two oilers a major and two minor demerits, and give a manager one demerit, saying that they failed to follow standard operating procedure during the refueling on Oct. 22.

As a result, the Tigerair aircraft was damaged and developed an oil leak, CPC said in a statement, adding that it had determined human negligence was the cause of the damage.

In addition to disciplining the three employees, the oil company said, it has submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Economic Affairs on improving CPC service and reported on the matter at a meeting held by the airport's Airline Affairs Department.

To prevent the recurrence of a similar incident, CPC said, it will improve its operations in the areas of equipment, personnel management, and training.

At the airport, Taiwan's main gateway, there have been eight aircraft incidents resulting from poor ground handling this year, three of which were caused by CPC staff during refueling.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel