Friday, 24 August 2007

Update on China Airlines fireball

Japanese investigators of the China Airlines plane that burst into flames say that the fuel tank had been pierced.

"We spotted a hole in a fuel tank," the transport ministry's investigative division said in a brief statement.

"We suspect that oil leaked from this hole and spilled from the right wing to the outside."

It’s believed that a bolt in the aircraft’s structure perhaps pierced the tank. The black box has now been recovered and is being analysed to find out the pilots’ conversations.

China Airlines have meanwhile apologised to customers and is going to give compensation. They have also painted over their logo on the wreckage to minimise ay bad publicity. Chairman Philip Wei has also offered his resignation.

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