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    Taiwanese jet explodes into flames at Okinawa airport

    All 165 people aboard escaped alive, officials said. Police said terrorism was not suspected.
    MARI YAMAGUCHI

    Mon, Aug 20, 2007
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    TOKYO (AP) -- A China Airlines jet exploded into flames at an airport in Okinawa after arriving from Taiwan on Monday, but all 165 people aboard escaped alive, officials said. Police said terrorism was not suspected.

    All 157 passengers -- including two small children-- fled the Boeing 737 on inflated emergency slides before the plane burst into a fireball, Transport Ministry official Akihiko Tamura told reporters.

    China Airlines spokesman Sun Hung-wen told reporters in Taipei the aircraft skidded on the tarmac on its way from the runway to the gate after landing, starting a fire that prompted the emergency exit. The eight-member crew also safely left the plane, Sun said.

    "The fire started when the first engine below the main left wing exploded, a minute after the aircraft entered the parking spot," Tamura said, adding that one crew member was injured, though the extent of the injuries was not known.

    Tamura put the number of passengers at 157, updating the figure of 155 initially provided by China Airlines.

    National broadcaster NHK showed footage of a squad of firefighters dousing the evacuated plane with extinguishers as flames and clouds of black smoke billowed from the fuselage.

    "After the plane landed, there were flames, and I heard explosions a few times then saw black smoke," airport worker Hideaki Oyadomari told national broadcaster NHK. "We felt the hot air coming our way."

    The cause of the fire, which reportedly began in one of the engines, was unknown. Japan's National Police Agency said terrorism was not suspected.

    "The plane landed safely so we are still checking why there was a fire," said Sun.

    The Okinawa fire is a setback to China Airlines, which in recent years appeared to have improved on a troubled safety record among international carriers.

    A China Airlines 747 crashed in 2002 as it flew Taipei to Hong Kong, leading to 225 deaths, and some 450 people died in China Airlines accidents during the 1990s.

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    Glad it wasn't worse.

    Sony Li-Ion battery involved?

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    another crash...ok...whats new in this one?

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    whats new (and I am glad for that) is that NOBODY died.
    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt....

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    It's not a crash, but an engine caught fire after the aircraft landed.

    From Bloomberg news:

    The engine of the Boeing Co. 737-800 caught fire at about 10:35 a.m., after the plane had landed and taxied to a gate, according to Japan's transport ministry.
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    CFM Engines

    The aircraft involved in today's fire was equipped with CFM International CFM56-7B26 engines, according to China Airlines' Web site. The CFM56-7B series engines entered service on 737-800 aircraft in the first quarter of 1998, according to CFM's Web site. CFM is a venture between General Electric Co. and Snecma SA.

    According to the U.S. Federal Aviation Authority's Accident and Incident Database, a CFM56-7B engine on a Boeing 737-700 aircraft operated by Southwest Airlines Co. caught fire on July 7, 1998, as it descended to land at Birmingham, Alabama. Staff aboard that flight reported seeing flames coming from the number two engine's exhaust, the report said. Faults were later found in the engine's hydro-mechanical unit fuel-meter valve, it said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asterixsg View Post
    whats new (and I am glad for that) is that NOBODY died.
    Glad that no one is injured / hurt!

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    This is one airline I don't fly. I was on a EVA flight from Taipei-Hong Kong in 2002 leaving earlier in the morning. A few hours later a China Airlines flight plying the same route disappeared off the radar. That was a very close call. When I was in HK, got a call from a colleague to see if I was on the wrong flight...

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    I just saw the video on BBC World News and it was quite horrible.

    It certainly says something for paying a bit extra to ensure a flight with a better safety record.

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    next time better choose seats next to the door, at least u will be the first to escape
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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroPoP View Post
    next time better choose seats next to the door, at least u will be the first to escape
    Right first to escape and maybe first to die...

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    Quote Originally Posted by HydroPoP View Post
    next time better choose seats next to the door, at least u will be the first to escape
    From what I have observed, sit at the back of the plane is the safest. Normally crash you can see the tail mostly still intact.

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    This airline has one of the worst records.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpinkor View Post
    From what I have observed, sit at the back of the plane is the safest. Normally crash you can see the tail mostly still intact.
    So first class passengers are the first to die loh
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    all AMM (aircraft Maintenance Manual) are in English, when I was in Taipei, I hardly met anybody speak English, even the cabin crew ... now I know why CI had poor maint. record.a

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpinkor View Post
    From what I have observed, sit at the back of the plane is the safest. Normally crash you can see the tail mostly still intact.
    But you have no where to escape except the toilet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arpinkor View Post
    From what I have observed, sit at the back of the plane is the safest. Normally crash you can see the tail mostly still intact.
    tail is the strongest as the black box is there

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    buying private jet will not = 100% riskfree woh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahidkarim55 View Post

    all AMM (aircraft Maintenance Manual) are in English, when I was in Taipei, I hardly met anybody speak English, even the cabin crew ... now I know why CI had poor maint. record.a
    Don't worry about that. The mechanics in the U.S.A. are usually not good at reading anything. They learn by doing. Of course, if the mentor doesn't do it correctly...

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahidkarim55 View Post

    all AMM (aircraft Maintenance Manual) are in English, when I was in Taipei, I hardly met anybody speak English, even the cabin crew ... now I know why CI had poor maint. record.a
    is that an assumption or is that a fact?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wahidkarim55 View Post

    all AMM (aircraft Maintenance Manual) are in English, when I was in Taipei, I hardly met anybody speak English, even the cabin crew ... now I know why CI had poor maint. record.a
    Wah, liddat no excuse leh. What about mainland China technicians ? I don't think all of them can read English properly.

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