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NTSB TO ASSIST JAPAN INVESTIGATION INTO FIRE DESTROYING BOEING 737

August 20, 2007

The National Transportation Safety Board is assisting the government of Japan in its investigation of today's fire on board a China Air Lines Boeing 737-800 in Naha (Okinawa), Japan.

NTSB Chairman Mark V. Rosenker has designated senior investigator Robert Benzon as the U.S. Accredited Representative. An NTSB powerplants investigator and technical representatives from the Federal Aviation Administration, General Electric, and Boeing will accompany him.

Preliminary reports indicate that the accident occurred when one of the engines caught fire and the aircraft became engulfed in flames after landing at the Naha Airport. Passengers were evacuated via slides. There were 157 passengers, eight crew, and no injuries reported. The flight originated in Taiwan.

The Aircraft and Railroad Accident Investigation Committee (ARAIC) of Japan will release all information on the progress of the investigation.

NTSB Media Contact:
Keith Holloway
(202) 314-6100
hollowk@ntsb.gov  

 

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