Chinese airlines desperate for staff hiring pilots with fake resumes

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SHANGHAI — A report in China is raising concerns about the qualifications of airline pilots.

The report says officials have found that 200 pilots falsified their flying histories. More than half of them work for the parent company of an airline involved in China’s worst plane crash in several years.

China Business News quotes an aviation official as saying investigations showed that airlines desperate for staff were hiring pilots whose resumes had been faked.

The report comes as authorities investigate safety measures nationwide following an Aug. 24 crash that killed 42 people. It was China’s worst commercial airline disaster in nearly six years.

China’s aviation industry has expanded rapidly in recent years, and regulators have struggled to keep up.