China Airlines jet burst into fire after landing at Okinawa airport

A China Airlines Boeing 737-800 jet exploded into flames at Okinawa airport in Japan after arrving from Taiwan, but all 165 people (157 passengers and 8 crew members) could escape without being injured.

“After the plane landed, there were flames, and I heard explosions a few times then saw black smoke,” airport worker Hideaki Oyadomari told national broadcaster NHK. “We felt the hot air coming our way.”

Passenegers noticed flames around the engine on the left side after landing, while the plane taxied to the gate.
The 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 plane landed safely so we are still checking why there was a fire,” said Sun Hung-wen, spokesman of China Airlines.

Passengers could leave the aircraft using emergency slides before the leaking engine exploded and flames covered the whole aircraft. The pilot reportedly escaped from the cockpit using a rope. (This is the ususal emergency exit procdure for cocpkit crew – we will write a special post about it later)

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Photo: Reuters

China Airlines has had a poor safety record in the last two decades, with three major crashes.

In 1994, a crash at Nagoya airport in Japan claimed 263 lives, while 203 died when an Airbus carrying holiday-makers back from Bali crashed at Taipei airport in 1998. Most recently, all 225 passengers of a Boeing 747 bound for Hong Kong died after it fell into the sea after take-off from Taipei.

I think this is the most lucky accident I have ever seen.

Resource: Reuters,

By Szafi

6 Responses to “China Airlines jet burst into fire after landing at Okinawa airport”

  1. 1 jefro August 24, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    Hmmm, this is concerning. Firstly i fly with China Airlines from SF back to Taipei and on to Sydney in a few weeks. Also, i needed to get to Okinawa and it seems that China Airlines, once again, is the carrier. Wonder if i will get a cheap return flight to okinawa, or if it will be my last flight?

  2. 2 szafi August 25, 2007 at 6:34 am

    Well, I can understand your hesitation. Just to comfort you a little, statistically it is not too possible that the same airlines will have the same accidents within such a short term. I know it’s not what you wanted to hear πŸ™‚
    I’m sure you will have a nice flight, enjoy it and please bring us some pictures about the food on board, because we are about to write a series of posts about on board food.
    Thankx in advance! πŸ™‚

  3. 3 balint01 August 27, 2007 at 11:03 am

    I don’t think you should worry, either. First of all, if you fly from San Francisco to Taipei and then to Sydney, you will always fly a so-called long-haul aircraft, one of the big ones that can connect such long distances. China Airlines operates three types of such aircraft: B747-400 (15 pcs), A340-300 (6) and A330-300 (15). You will most probably fly the Jumbojet (B747-400) from SF to TPE, and probably the smaller large Airbus, the A330 from TPE to Sydney. So these are not the type of aircraft that was involved in the above mentioned accident, so you shouldn’t worry at all, really! The Okinawa flight will most probably be reinstated in a few weeks, and you can be sure they will take even more and extra care of their fleet of the small boeings after this accident, so no worries there, either!

  4. 4 kevin ivan r. June 22, 2011 at 2:13 am

    Hmmm, is ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    China arlines get a newairbus is Airbus is 30002

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