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Investigation team. (Asia/Pacific Report).(releases report on China Airlines 747-200 accident on May 25, 2002)

Investigation team examining the midair breakup of a China Air- lines 747-200 on May 25, 2002, that killed 225 found old fatigue cracks and corrosion that were patched over with a repair doubler that had been added as reinforcement after the aircraft suffered a tail scrape at Hong Kong Kai Tak in 1980. The 747 disintegrated in mid-flight near the island of Penghu in the Taiwan Strait as it was en route to Hong Kong. …

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