The China Airlines Boeing 747-200 that disintegrated in midair appears to have fatigue cracks up to 9 in. long in the rear fuselage section where the aircraft may have come apart, according to Taiwanese investigators. China Airlines Flight 611 crashed in the Taiwan Strait near the top-of-climb on May 25, killing all 225 on board (AW&ST July 1, p. 42). ``Since the suspicious pieces of wreckage were mostly from Section 46, it is very likely that the aircraft first broke up there,'' ...
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