Fuel leakage suspected in China Airlines fire

21st Aug 2007

While the exact reason of the fire which destroyed a plane of China Airlines from Taiwan in southern Japan’s Naha airport on Monday morning is unknown, fuel leakage is a suspected cause of the accident, officials from the Japanese Land, Infrastructure and Transport Ministry said later in the day.According to initial investigation of the Japanese side, the Boeing 737-800’s right-wing engine caught fire first, and the flame made its way to the left-wing engine through the fuel which leaked from the right-wing engine onto the ground under the fuselage.


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