Chinese airline industry faces corruption allegations

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A widening investigation into alleged corruption in China's aviation industry has reportedly led to suicide of one official, and the replacement of several company executives.

Liu Yajun, director of the Civil Aviation Administration of China's (CAAC) central and southern regional administration, died after a high-speed train knocked him down in Guangzhou on 24 June, say state media.

His death follows an investigation by Chinese authorities, focusing on alleged payouts by airlines in exchange for landing slots at the country's airports.

Among the officials who have lost their jobs due to the investigation are several executives from China Southern Airlines, including its chief engineer Zhang He Ping.

Zhang stopped working for the company in June "due to job arrangement", says the carrier.

Beijing Capital International Airport's former executive director and chairman Zhang Zhizhong, who stepped down in March, was also reportedly embroiled in the investigation, say reports.