JUNE 22, 2018
The head of Korean low-cost airline, Jin Air has resigned over allegations that he forced a pilot to go ahead with a flight despite an engine problem.
The subsidy of Korean Airlines said Kwon Hyuk-min resigned on Tuesday for personal reasons, but his resignation came four weeks after the employees claimed that the No. 1 engine of a B777-200 would not shut down despite a pilot’s efforts to turn it off after landing at Guam Airport on 19 Sept 2017.
The employees claim that Kwan, who was then the head of the maintenance center at Jin Air, pushed the airplane to takeoff again within 70 minutes without addressing the major engine defect.
However, Jin Air says that engine shut down normally after landing and the fuel left in the fuel pipes may have caused some smoke.
The Ministry of Transport said to have initiated an investigation based on employees claim.