I’m sure that by now you’ve heard about the China Airlines plane that went in up in flames last week. Luckily, passengers were able to slip-n-slide out literally seconds before the plane’s burning fuselage exploded. (Check out the video after the jump.)
What you might not have heard is that as soon as the fire was out, officials from China Airlines covered their logo with a thick coat of white paint.
“Before painting over the name and logo, the airline sought permission from the Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry’s Aircraft and Railway Accidents Investigation Commission,” according to the Mainichi Daily News. “Officials granted the request, judging that it would not hinder the investigation into the accident, and the airline painted over the markings following inspections carried out on Tuesday.”
I can’t say I blame them. When your airline averages over six times as many fatality incidents per one-million flights than the world-wide average, you need to do whatever it takes to save the few remaining customers who were in a cave this past week and didn’t hear about the exploding plane. If they were really smart, they would have painted a rival airline’s logo on the side instead. [via]