Inflight breakup of a China Airlines 747-200 on May 25, 2002, with the loss of all 225 persons onboard was "highly likely" the result of "the structural failure in the aft lower lobe section of the fuselage," Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council determined in a report on the accident released Friday. ASC said it found a 15.1-in. fatigue crack in the area, which in turn probably had its origins in an improper repair following a 1980 tail strike incident in Hong Kong. Subsequent maintenance ...

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