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A Taiwanese China Airlines plane burst into flames after landing on Japan's island of Okinawa but all 165 people on board are safe, officials say.
All the passengers and crew had just been evacuated when the fire broke out on the Boeing 737-800 at Naha airport.
"I saw passengers getting out of the airplane. And then there were four explosions," a witness, whose name was not given, told Nippon Television.
Television reports said that loud explosions were heard from the aircraft shortly after it landed in Okinawa, a popular resort destination which lies closer to Taiwan than Tokyo.
The BBC's Caroline Gluck in Taipei says the incident is a major setback for the Taiwanese flag carrier, which once had one of the worst safety records for international airlines.
The airline suffered several crashes during the 1990s, and in 2002 one of its fleet crashed into the sea near the island of Penghu with 225 passengers and crew on board.
Originally posted by Agit8dChop
I find it odd a few people heard '' multiple '' explosions.
for some reason, that doesnt strike me as being a mechanical accident.
Originally posted by Harlequin
another 737-800 destroyed - how unsafe are these aircraft - 20% of the 737 crashes have been this aircraft (this year have been 7 so far) - and thats in the last 3 months alone!
01-JAN-2007 Boeing 737-400 PK-KKW AdamAir 102 near Sulawesi ? A1
13-JAN-2007 Boeing 737-200 PK-RPX RPX Airlines, opf. Gading Sari Aviation Services 0 Kuching Airp... A1
21-FEB-2007 Boeing 737-300 PK-KKV AdamAir 0 Surabaya-Jua... A1
07-MAR-2007 Boeing 737-400 PK-GZC Garuda 21 Yogyakarta-A... A1
05-MAY-2007 Boeing 737-800 5Y-KYA Kenya Airways 114 near Douala Airpo... A1
28-JUN-2007 Boeing 737-200 D2-TBP TAAG 5+ 1 M'Banza Cong... A1
20-AUG-2007 Boeing 737-800 B-18616 China Airlines 0 Okinawa-Naha... A1
China Airlines flight 120 departed Taipei at 08:14 and landed at Naha Airport (OKA) at 10:27. A fire erupted in or near the nr.1 engine as the plane arrived at the stand. All occupants were evacuated immediately. When all occupants had evacuated, a large explosion occurred in the centre of the airplane. The airplane burned out completely.