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Oil leak may have caused Taiwan jet fire
2007-08-20 03:00:19 Shanghai Daily


Firefighters and fire engines surround a destroyed China Airlines plane at Naha Airport in Okinawa Monday, August 20, 2007. The 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.

SHANGHAI, Aug 20 -- THE explosion of a China Airlines jet in Japan may be connected to a failure in its fuel system, a senior official with Taiwan's traffic authority said today.

If there was a fire, it might have something to do with an oil leak, Chang Kuo-cheng, head with the civil aviation department, said during a press conference, according to China News Services.

The exact 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 authority has ordered China Airlines and its subsidiary Mandarin Airlines to ground their 13 other Boeing 737-800s pending a thorough inspection.

The jet burst into flames at the Naha Airport in Okinawa after arriving from Taiwan this morning, but all 165 people aboard escaped alive.

A 57-year-old man and a seven year old girl were hospitalized with undisclosed injuries.

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