China's top civil aviation regulator has been replaced in the wake of two accidents involving Chinese-registered aircraft. Industry sources in China say Liu Jianfeng, head of the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), was replaced by his deputy, Yang Yuanyuan. CAAC officials decline to comment, but the sources say Liu was replaced on the orders of the state council, China's de facto cabinet. Liu had been preparing for retirement but his replacement is viewed in China as having been accelerated by the government after the recent crashes of a China Northern Airlines Boeing MD-82 and an Air China Boeing 767-200ER.

Source: Flight International