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Monday, 16 February, 1998, 19:05 GMT
Taiwanese central bank governor killed in Airbus crash

The governor of the Taiwanese central bank, the Central Bank of China (CBC), Sheu Yuan-dong, was confirmed on Monday to have been on board the airliner that crashed at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport, the Taiwanese Central News Agency reported.

Also on board were Sheu's wife and three CBC officials - Director General of the Foreign Exchange Department Chen Huang, Director General of the Economic Research Department Chien Chimim and Director General of the Department of Secretariat Lin Rong-tien - the agency quoted the Civil Aeronautics Administration Director Tsai Tuei as saying.

Sheu and his entourage were returning from a conference of the Association of the Southeast Asian Central Bank governors at Bali island in Indonesia.

The China Airlines A-300 Airbus, flying from Bali to Taipei with 182 passengers and 14 crew aboard, crashed on a highway near Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taoyuan Monday evening after hitting a building.

The only person found alive at the scene was a boy about ten years old, who may not have even been a passenger.

He was pronounced dead after being sent to a nearby hospital.

BBC Monitoring (http://www.monitor.bbc.co.uk), based in Caversham in southern England, selects and translates information from radio, television, press, news agencies and the Internet from 150 countries in more than 70 languages.


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