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30-Aug-2010 9:48 AM

China orders nation-wide check of 1,300 aircraft

China has ordered nationwide checks of its aviation fleet of 1,300 aircraft in the wake of the Henan Airlines disaster. CAAC Vice Director, Li Jian, said: "The probe involves every aspect of the jet – its manufacturer, operator, pilot, crew, maintenance record as well as the air traffic management and airport authorities" (Xinhua/Shanghai Daily, 28-Aug-2010). Separately, China's State Council has established a special taskforce involving six central government agencies to investigate the crash (Xinhua, 28-Aug-2010). The investigation team consists of officials from State Administration of Work Safety (SAWS), Ministry of Supervision, CAAC, All-China Federation of Trade Unions, Ministry of Public Security, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission and the Provincial Government of Heilongjiang.