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Another Chinese Plane Catches Fire Before Taking Off, Thats Two in One Day- WTF is Up With Chinese Arilines

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 13, 2010

Its no shocker that the Chiense had a horrible history of plane safety before the Olympics. Then, they had a run of good luck and new planes and had no problems or relatively few problems. But now, it would appear that the Chinese penchant for doing things wrong has affected their airline industry again. Twice in one day, (see excerpt and previous post) China Southern Airlines has had a fire in one of its airplanes.
The chicoms are being tight lipped on what happened, but are assuaging everyones fears and downplaying the incidents. To me it is scary as you just never know the truth with these guys. A few years ago a plane crashed because water had been added to its gasoline just because the airline was trying to make an extra buck. The craziest thing of all is that I will be flying on this airline in a few days….

“GUANGZHOU – A China Southern Airlines plane caught fire while loading in South China’s Guangdong province early Monday. No casualties were reported. It is the company’s second incident to cause alarm in less than 24 hours. The plane’s cargo hold caught fire at 8 am after passengers had boarded and the luggage was being loaded at Gungzhou Baiyun International Airport in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong, officials of China Southern Airlines Co. Ltd and Gungzhou Baiyun International Airport said. No one was hurt, an official said, who declined to be named. Fight CZ3533 was scheduled to head for Qingdao city in East China’s Shandong province, but as of 1:30 pm it had still not departed.”

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