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Dearth of women in the ranks add to pilot crisis at Asia's airlines

Hanoi

SOPHIA Kuo says she still hears the whispers as she walks through international airports in her EVA Airways Corp pilot's uniform: " 'Wow, we have female pilots.' 'How does she fly an airplane?' 'She must be really smart!'" More than eight decades after Amelia Earhart's solo flight across the Atlantic, women like Ms Kuo, a 35-year-old co-pilot on the Taiwanese carrier's Boeing 747s, remain the exception in the cockpit. Only about 5 per cent of pilots globally are female, according to Liz Jennings Clark, chairwoman of the International Society of Women Airline Pilots. And just "a tiny" per centage of them are captains.

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