I’m kidding, there is no positive note. A investigation by the Chinese equivalent of the FAA found that 200 Chinese pilots lied about their experience, including many former military pilots who have become commercial pilots. Worse, about half of those who had lied on their resumes worked for the parent company of Henan Airlines, which experienced a crash last month that killed 42 people.
You may read some hysteria about avoiding Chinese airlines, but the fact of the matter is that China’s airlines have actually been quite safe — certainly as safe as any Western country’s standards. And God knows you’re far safer flying around China than driving through a nation populated by those who have only had drivers licenses for a matter of months.