JAL chairman resigns

Japan Airlines Corp.’s chairman will resign to take responsibility for a string of safety lapses, the carrier said Monday, and announced that it swung to a profit for the fiscal year as a recovery in international tourism offset a decline in domestic air travel.

The news that Isao Kaneko will resign May 31 came a day after a drop in cabin pressure forced a JAL flight from New York to Tokyo with 355 people aboard to make an emergency landing. There were no injuries.

The flagship carrier has been under mounting pressure amid a series of embarrassing safety lapses that drew widespread attention in January, when a JAL pilot in northern Japan attempted to take off without receiving approval from air traffic controllers.

JAL spokesman Teiji Murayama said Kaneko’s offer to resign was accepted early Monday.

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