Swiss CEO resigns over Avro RJ crash

André Dosé, CEO of Swiss, resigned after Federal prosecutors launched an investigation into the crash of Crossair Avro RJ100 HB-IXM on 24 November 2001, which could lead to manslaughter charges against its management. The official report into the accident, issued in February, was sharply critical of the airline’s practices. Dosé was CEO of Crossair at the time of the accident. Crossair merged with the remnants of bankrupt Swissair to form Swiss in early 2002. The move comes at a critical time for Swiss, which has been loosing money since its formation. The airline has cut capacity in its European network, but has so far kept its fleet of four Avro RJ85s and fifteen RJ100s intact. The airline had ordered Embraer 170s and 195s to replace its RJs, but it has repeatedly reduced and postponed its order.

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