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Old 22nd Apr 2002, 14:01
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Taiwan report on SQ 006 crash won't point fingers

TAIPEI -- Taiwan's final investigative report on a Singapore Airlines crash in October 2000 should be released on Friday, but it won't assign specific blame for the accident that killed more than 80 people, a Taiwanese official said on Monday.

The crash report will only list 'causal findings associated with the accident,' said Dr Yong Kay, managing director of the Aviation Safety Council, responsible for investigating aviation accidents in Taiwan. The factors will not be ranked in order of seriousness or importance, he said.

Dr Yong told The Associated Press that the report won't specifically blame the accident on factors such as pilot error, stormy weather or problems at Taipei's international airport.

'But once you read it, it will be very clear to you' what caused the crash, said Dr Yong, who would not discuss the findings.

Who or what is blamed for the crash will have to be settled by attorneys and the courts, he said.

The investigator said the report's format will differ from the one favoured by US crash investigators, who in two or three sentences usually directly blame the crash on specific factors such as pilot error, mechanical failure or weather.

Dr Yong said that the crash report format used for the Singapore Airline crash is popular in Australia and Canada. He said Taiwan is using the format this time because investigators wanted to focus on safety issues and 'distance ourselves from blame and liability as much as possible'.

The Los Angeles-bound Boeing 747-400 crashed during an approaching typhoon after the pilot tried to take off on a closed runway cluttered with construction debris and equipment, including two mechanical shovels. The aircraft hit the objects and burst into flames, killing 83 people.

Dr Yong said that the Aviation Safety Council's board will complete a final review of the report on Tuesday. The board might demand modifications, which could delay the report's release. -- AP
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