Text Version
RSS Feeds
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
No Chinese reportedly on crashed flight: diplomat
+ -
16:11, August 10, 2007

 Related News
 16 bodies recovered from French Polynesia plane crash site
 12 bodies recovered from crashed French Polynesian plane
 At least 7 killed in plane crash in French Polynesia
 Plane crash in Tahiti, at least 12 killed
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
No Chinese so far were reportedly on board the Air Moorea plane which crashed into a lagoon on the Tahitian island of Moorea, a tourist destination of French Polynesia, official of Chinese consulate in Pape'ete, the capital, said Friday.

Consul Chang Dongyue told Xinhua that "from all sources available, there were no Chinese people on the flight."

The bodies of 16 passengers have been recovered after the plane crashed into the sea soon after take-off from Moorea Friday afternoon local time. The authorities are still looking for the bodies of the others. It is believed no one has survived.

According to Oceania Flash, a local media, among the passengers were three foreign tourists, including Australian and American tourists, as well as two officials from the European Commission's Pacific delegation.

About 20 people (including the pilot) were believed to be aboard the Air Moorea Twin Otter turboprop aircraft.

Officials said the crash took place at around 12:15 p.m. local time (2215 GMT) on Thursday when the flight was bound for Tahiti.

A sudden engine failure has been mentioned locally as one possible cause of the crash. A spokesman for Air Traffic Services in Tahiti said the plane went down in good weather.

French Polynesia's President Gaston Tong Sang has traveled by helicopter to the crash site with two other cabinet members.

French Polynesia is a sprawling possession of France in the Pacific Ocean, made up of 118 volcanic and coral islands and atolls.

Source: Xinhua

  Your Message:   Most Commented:
Respond "Nanking" with humanity, respect, tears & applause: Interview
Week's special: Summer peak transportation of rails
CPC full of vigor and vitality
NATO, caught in "transformation"
Roadside bomb blast kills 26 people in SW Pakistan

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved