The pilot of a Taiwanese aircraft involved in a near mid-air collision over South Korea said yesterday air-traffic controllers never warned him about the presence of another plane.
A Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) flight from Taipei to the South Korean island of Jeju plunged 1,200m to avoid a collision on Thursday, injuring 21 people.
Arriving back in Taiwan on Friday, pilot Chen Szu-han (
"When I raised my head, I saw a plane approaching rapidly, so I had to take action fast," he said.
Far Eastern Air officials said the plane descended 1,200m from a height of 10,300m in about 15 seconds.
After he told air controllers about the incident, he received no explanation, Chen said.
FAT spokesman Chang Yu-peng (
He also rejected earlier statements that air turbulence caused his plane's abrupt descent.
The Taiwanese flight was carrying 129 passengers and eight crew members, the airline said.