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TransAsia Airways president dies after heart attack

2016/05/31 15:08:51

Chen Wei-chau, file photo courtesy of TransAsia Airways.

Taipei, May 31 (CNA) Chen Wei-chau (陳葦洲), president of TransAsia Airways, suffered a heart attack and died Tuesday, the air carrier said. He was born in 1954.

TransAsia Airways Chairman Vincent Lin (林明昇) expressed sorrow over Chen's death and said Chen had made great efforts to improve aviation safety since he joined the company in October 2015.

Thanks to Chen's efforts, the carrier's flight operations quality assurance has reached 99.8 percent and the dispatch reliability of its A320 and A330 fleet has surpassed the world standard, Lin said.

The reputation of TransAsia Airways was dealt a big blow after it suffered two fatal crashes in the course of seven months between 2014 and 2015.

In July 2014, a TransAsia Airways ATR72-500 crashed in the offshore Penghu County while trying to land, leaving 48 people dead and 10 others injured.

On Feb. 4 last year, one of the carrier's ATR72-600s crashed in the Keelung River shortly after takeoff from Songshan Airport in Taipei, killing 43 of the 58 people on board.

(By Pan Chi-yi and Lilian Wu)