NTSB Press Release

National Transportation Safety Board
Office of Public Affairs


May 28, 2002

The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a team of investigators over the weekend to assist the Taiwan aviation authorities in their investigation of the crash of China Air flight 611, a Boeing 747-200 (B18255). The plane was on a flight from Taiwan to Hong Kong when it crashed into the sea. Safety Board investigator Greg Phillips is leading the team as the U.S. Accredited Representative. Phillips and four other NTSB investigators have been joined by investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing Commercial Airplanes Group.

This is the third team of investigators the NTSB has dispatched to Asia in the last 6 weeks; the others went to Korea and China. In addition, last month the Safety Board sent a team to Tunisia to assist that government in its investigation of the crash of an EgyptAir Boeing 737, and a team to El Salvador to assist in the investigation of damage sustained by a DC-10 cargo plane on takeoff from the airport in San Salvador. Early this month, an NTSB investigator was sent to Nigeria to assist that government's investigation of the crash of a BAC 1-11 on takeoff.

Information on the progress of the China Air investigation will be released by the authorities in Taiwan.

NTSB Office of Public Affairs: (202) 314-6100



The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is an independent federal agency charged with determining the probable cause
of transportation accidents, promoting transportation safety, and assisting victims of transportation accidents and their families.