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Pinnacle Airlines CEO resigns

The  embattled leader of Pinnacle Airlines has resigned.  The Buffalo News reports that Sean Menke resignation takes effect June 1st.  

The Pinnacle Airline C-E-O has been underfire for taking a six-figure pay hike just before the company filed for bankruptcy.  Pinnacle is the owner of Colgan Air -- the operator of Continental Connection Flight 3407 that crashed in Clarence in 2009 killing 50 people. 

Lawsuits by the victims families have been held up due to the bankruptcy filing.  No explanation was provided by Menke for his planned departure in a letter to employees or in a news release.