Air Safety Chief Removed Over Conflict of Interest

Jean Shen, chair of the Aviation Safety Council (ASC), was dismissed from that position on October 22 after expressing a desire to resign during an interpellation session with the Legislative Yuan’s Transportation Committee concerning the ASC budget for 2016.

Shen, former director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA), had only been on the job with the ASC for a few months, having been appointed to succeed Chang Yu-hern, who left the job to head national carrier China Airlines. Shen’s role as chair of the ASC was questioned by legislators as she headed the CAA during the time that four of the nine accidents currently under investigation by the ASC occurred. Legislators on the committee said that put her in the untenable position of being both “player” and “referee.” Shen told the committee that she hadn’t expected to chair the ASC but was appointed by the Executive Yuan and would resign the position immediately. The EY beat her to the punch, though, terminating her employment shortly after the session ended.

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