bjorn14 From Norway, joined Feb 2010, 4248 posts, RR: 2 Posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2798 times:
Henan Airlines yesterday suspended all flights in response to Tuesday's crash of an Embraer 190 that killed 42 and injured 54 at Yichun airport, which was closed yesterday. The death toll was revised down from 43. CAAC Minister Li Jiayang said Henen's remaining four E-190s would remain grounded pending safety inspections. This was China's first fatal airline accident in more than six years. The last involved a China Eastern Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 that crashed in November 2004.
Meanwhile, the official state news agency Xinhua announced that Henan GM Li Qiang has been relieved of his duties and replaced by Cao Bo on an acting basis. Xinhua said Vice Prime Minister Zhang Dejiang arrived Wednesday at the crash site to help set up an investigation team, which will examine the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, both of which have been recovered, in an effort to determine the cause of the crash. Embraer technicians flew to the site Tuesday to assist in the investigation.
According to Flight Safety Foundation's Aviation Safety Network, the crash marks the first hull loss for an E-190. It said the accident aircraft first flew in 2008.
B2468 From United States of America, joined Sep 2009, 108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2703 times:
It's not uncommon in Asia for corporate leaders to step down after a disaster at their company, especially airlines.
China, which does have more of a tendency to over-react to things like this, takes it to more of an extreme, in this case, firing someone before an investigation is underway and the actual cause of the crash is known.
They do this likely to stave off public outrage and make it look like they're doing something. The company lost face and needs to recover their image. The Chinese public is ruthless and impatient if they think something is being covered up or someone is not being held responsible immediately.
A lot of it is for show, as well. Sending a vice premier is a fantastic photo-op and PR move for the government, which is wary of doing anything that might direct public outrage against them. I've lived in China for quite a while...Chinese culture is obsessed with image.
Frankly, it's silly...no aggressive actions should ever be taken until an investigation has been started and there is evidence of wrongdoing, negligence, aircraft deficiency, etc. that can identify the cause and lead to ways to correct it. But, that's the way they do things here, and no one will them otherwise.
rfields5421 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 7714 posts, RR: 32
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1883 times:
Quoting bjorn14 (Thread starter): Is it standard operating procedure for Asian companies to fire the top guy after a big blunder by the company?
I would not use the wide generalization of Asian companies - but a few Asian nations do have a culture of the top guy is always responsible when something goes wrong. It is kind of like the old ship captain's responsibility - no matter what happens on the ship - the captain is responsible.
I've seen it more from Japan than China - but that concept does exist, and some airline CEOs have resigned after a crash.
Though they lose the top job, though they are usually not out on the street.
But we have seen some very public, very harsh punishments of executives in China in recent years when something goes publicly wrong.