|| Feb. 25,
2005, Taipei, Taiwan - Regarding the release of the Aviation
Safety Council (ASC) investigation report on the CI 611 accident
today, China Airlines announces that since most of section 46 of
the accident aircraft was not found, the available information is
not conclusive enough to determine the exact cause of the
accident. Section 46 is one of the most important sections of the
aircraft in question. The carrier also disagrees with other
elements in the report. The accident occurred in the Taiwan
Strait, near the Penghu Islands on May 25, 2002.
With a law abiding,
respectful and responsible attitude, China Airlines set up a
special mission to cooperate with the investigation immediately
after the accident. China Airlines has also fulfilled all the
recommendations made by ASC to insure future flight safety.
Under the auspices of ICAO
ANNEX 13, China Airlines respects the investigation report. The
ASC also respects China Airlines’ differing opinions, and has
attached CAL’s expert analysis to the investigation report.
China Airlines has spared no
effort to improve its maintenance operations in recent years. It
has introduced a world renowned management team from Singapore
Airlines, reinforced maintenance quality, and raised the rank of
the quality control department to an independent body. The steps
taken include enhanced staff training, and consolidation of the
information-gathering and engineering processes. The resulting
improved maintenance quality has earned recognition from civil
aviation authorities in Taiwan.
The improved flight safety
record of China Airlines has also earned high recognition
throughout the world. These include winning the Best Airline Award
at Manchester Airport in UK, and passing flight safety audit from
IATA and from many Western airlines in the wake of code-share
cooperation. CAL has also earned the National Standardization
Award in Taiwan.