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TransAsia Airways Corp. is not considering allowing its flight attendants to opt out of their contracts after the carrier’s second fatal crash in seven months.
“We aren’t considering amending contract regulations for flight attendants because we’re fully focused on the aftermath of the crash,” said Amy Chen, a spokeswoman for Taipei-based TransAsia Air in a text message today.
TransAsia flight 235 crashed into Taipei’s Keelung River four minutes after takeoff on Feb. 4. At least 40 people are confirmed dead and three are still missing in the crash; 15 people survived, including one flight attendant. The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Three flight attendants are among the 88 people confirmed dead in the two crashes of TransAsia ATR aircraft in little more than half a year. Flight attendants sign a three-year contract with the carrier and must pay NT$300,000 to leave their jobs early, Chen said.
In all, 28 flight attendants have died in the five crashes to have hit Malaysia Airlines, AirAsia Bhd and TransAsia since March 2014. That includes 10 flight attendants presumed dead on MH370, which disappeared in March and has yet to be found.
–With assistance from Kyunghee Park in Singapore.
This article was written by Clement Tan and Tim Culpan from Bloomberg and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.