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In pictures: Taiwan plane on fire

China Airlines plane in flames - 20/08/07

Just minutes after touching down at Naha airport, on the Japanese island of Okinawa, Taiwan's China Airlines Boeing 737-800 burst into flames.

Burnt-out fuselage of the China Airlines plane at Naha airport in Okinawa - 20/08/07

All 165 passengers and crew on board managed to escape down inflated emergency chutes.

Passengers flee China Airlines plane at Naha airport - 20/08/07 (Pic credit: AP Photo/Kyodo News, Shuho Watanabe)

TV footage showed the last crew members sliding down the chute as the plane burst into flames.

Burning plane is sprayed with extinguisher foam at Naha airport - 20/08/07 (Picture credit: AP Photo/Kyodo News, Hiroshi Tsujimoto)

Firefighters fought the flames for more than an hour before managing to extinguish them...

Wreckage of China Airlines plane - 20/08/07 (Pic credit: AP Photo/Kyodo News, Kazumasa Tamagami)

... leaving the charred and mangled wreckage of the plane on the tarmac.

Burnt-out China Airlines plane at Naha airport in Okinawa, Japan - 20/08/07

China Airlines says an investigation into the cause of the fire is under way. The incident is another setback for the airline, which suffered several accidents during the 1990s.

Firefighters douse flames of China Airlines plane at Naha airport in Okinawa, Japan - 20/08/07

The airline said the plane took off and landed normally. Some reports say the left engine caught fire after landing.




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