chapter  1
Tragedy in Nagoya
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A high and clear voice appeared in Taipei Chiang-Kai-Shek (CKS) International Airport (CKS), as airport officials brought along a group of big black umbrellas (United Daily News, April 29, 1994). It was 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the sun dazzled in the sky. There was one victim each covered under the Each victim was covered by a big black umbrella, and with a heartbroken family behind. Just a few days earlier, a plane crashed in Nagoya Airport, Japan. The cremated remains of 67 victims were carried back to Taipei together with 30 coffins, and the reception site for the dead was set up right in the airport. Airline company staff held high a white long cloth, waving to and fro against the wind, written on it with large black characters: “China Airlines staff begged for forgiveness from victims’ families,” bowed and apologized with deep sorrow and regret again and again …

On April 26, 1994, two Taiwanese pilots flew an Airbus A300-600R automatic airplane from CKS International Airport to Nagoya, Japan. There were 256 passengers, 13 cabin members and two pilots, 271 people in total on the plane. The plane took off smoothly from CKS Airport on schedule; two pilots followed the designated route according to the plan, heading to Nagoya Airport, Japan.