For those of you unfamiliar with the CI A300-600 crashes, you might like to know that they crashed in similar circumstances in Nagoya (Apr 26 1994) and Taipei (Feb 16 1998).
Both instances, a/c decided to go-round at the last minute during the final phase of approach. Both a/c hastily climbed... in fact the first Airbus in Nagoya climed so fast that the tower controller speculated the speed to be 1500ft within a few seconds. Both Airbuses stalled after a steep climb leading to catastrophic crashes.
The difference between the 2 is the one on Nagoya had its gears down, with the pilots arguing whether they should indeed go-round. Whereas the one in Taipei had its gears up.
The one in Nagoya stalled because the nose was pitched too high and the airspeed dropped to below 80knots, a/c could not be recovered in time and smashed into the ground, aft tail cone and main landing gears first...
The one in Taipei obviously had decided to go-round with its gears up but made wild turns at the airport boundaries after rapidly climbing to an alarming 1000ft (airspeed was unregisterable at this point), a pitch of 40deg nose up then down, and a futile almost-recovery just before the plane hit the ground, just like Nagoya.
There were speculations that someone on board the CI Airbus in Taipei was using a handphone while the a/c was on approach, thus interfering with the nav systems. But this was never proven.
Well, China Airlines has improved in terms of safety since then. Who would want lightning to strike twice? Especially when an airline is concerned? After those crashes, there has never been a safer time to fly with CI. Seriously, it has got all CI employees on their toes...
Lets not talk about the CI MD11 crash in HKG, bad decision by the pilot to land in typhoon...