- 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
- Premier Yu Shyi-kun told reporters at the airport that
the plane crashed and rescue aircraft had spotted life jackets floating
- 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
- 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.