Taiwan's China Airlines names new chairman after blaze
Taipei (XFN-ASIA) - The board of Taiwan's leading carrier China
Airlines Co Ltd appointed a new chairman in a management reshuffle after a Boeing
737-800 exploded in a fireball last month.
The board passed the proposal in which Chao Kuo-shuai, president of the airline, replaced Philip Wei as company chairman.
Wei had resigned.
"All the directors cleared the proposal and named president Chao Kuo-shuai as the chairman," airline spokesman Johnson Sun told reporters.
All 165 passengers and crew fled to safety with just minutes to spare.
It was the latest setback for China Airlines, which has reported nine fatal accidents since 1970.
The Japanese transport ministry found that the bolt had come off a slat and pierced a fuel tank, causing a massive leakage of oil that caught fire when it made contact with the hot engine.