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Another Air China Crash

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Nov 25, 2001

A China Airlines flight to Hong Kong with more than 200 people on board disappeared on Saturday afternoon over the Taiwan Strait, an official said.

Flight CI611 took off about 2:40 p.m. (0640 GMT) from Taipei's international airport and was reported missing about 3:30 p.m. (0730 GMT) near Penghu, a group of islands off Taiwan's western coast, said Kuo Yao-chi, a government official investigating the missing plane.

About 220 passengers and crew were on the Boeing 747, TVBS cable news reported.

Chuang Suo-hang, a government spokesman, told reporters, "We just know that the plane disappeared from the radar screen. We don't have any more details."

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China Airlines, Taiwan's biggest airline, did not immediately comment on the report.

But the airline has joined the government in forming an emergency taskforce to search for the missing plane, Chuang said.

Taiwan's air force and coast guard were using ships and helicopters to look for the aircraft, he said.

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.
Not Air China

Careful on the thread title. Air China is the carrier of mainland China while China Airlines is a carrier of Taiwan. Two different airlines. The crash was China Airlines.
The CNN News said earlier today quoting Taiwanese Military Officials that the jet broke up into four distinct parts while above 30,000 ft.

They turned over a radar tape of the breakup sequence to the investigating authorities, which showed the breakup caught by military radar.

If it was a center fuel tank failure like some in the European media have said, would the breakup be this dramatic?

I thought the TWA jumbo was broken off at the nose forward the center tank.

Could it have possibly been a bomb?

I know it’s to soon to tell, I’m just speculating.

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