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China Airlines 747 Crashes Off
Taiwan - About 220 Feared Dead

Las Vegas Sun
5-25-2

TAIPEI, Taiwan- A China Airlines flight from Taiwan to Hong Kong with more than 200 people on board crashed on Saturday afternoon in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwanese Premier Yu Shyi-kun said. There were no immediate reports of survivors.
 
Flight CI611 took off about 2:40 p.m. (2:40 a.m. EDT) from Taipei's international airport and was reported missing about 3:30 p.m. (3:30 a.m. EDT) near Penghu, a group of islands off Taiwan's western coast, said Kuo Yao-chi, a government official investigating the missing plane.
 
Premier Yu Shyi-kun told reporters at the airport that the plane crashed and rescue aircraft had spotted life jackets floating near Penghu.
 
About 220 passengers and crew were on the Boeing 747, TVBS cable news reported.
 
ETTV cable news quoted Penghu residents as saying they saw bodies floating in the water.
 
China Airlines, Taiwan's biggest airline, did not immediately comment.
 
Taiwan's air force and coast guard were using ships and helicopters to look for the aircraft.
 
On May 7, another jetliner owned by China Northern Airlines crashed on approach to the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, killing all 112 people on board.
 
Due to a series of crashes in the 1990s, China Airlines used to be considered one of the world's most dangerous airlines. But in recent years, the carrier has reshuffled its board and has put a greater emphasis on safety.
 
The last known fatal China Airlines accident was in 1999 when a jetliner flipped over and burst into flames during a crash landing in Hong Kong, killing three people.
 
According to the aviation safety website, Airsafe.com, China Airlines has had nine fatal accidents since 1970.
 
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