Just want to correct all you people on the forum about the aircraft flying CI611 today.
Yes, CI611 is operated by 744 according to the timetable, BUT, CI officials temporarily called their only 742 to fly this route today.
The plane departed at 1508LT from Taipei, and crashed around 10Knots NW of PengHu Island. The plane registered B18255, flew 64810 hours, and was originally going to sold to Oriental thai Airlines
around June. The age is 22.8years.
The captain flew 6128 hours, the co-pilot 6244 hours, flight technician 18024 hours.
Today's deadly CI611 was suppose to be the last flight of this 747-200 serving China Airlines.
Peoples from Chuanghua county found these debris fallen from the aircraft.
This is the 14th crash in China Airlines' since 1958
, 4th major crash between Taiwan and HK.
At this stage, rumours are specualting that the 747 exploded in the midair. Before the crash 2 CX jet received an SOS call from CI611.
If all 225 on board confirmed killed, this will be the crash that has the largest number of deaths within Taiwan. In 1994, CI crashed A300 in Nagoya, 265 killed, the largest number of passengers killed outside Taiwan.
Meanwhile, 1 law maker from Taiwan, 2 journalists from UDN News are among the passenger list of the CI611 crash.