Monday morning on the 20th of August has brought Okinawa back into the
world spotlight. This time is for the unhappy reason of the China
Airlines flight number 52 bursting into flames after parking at the
The fire seams to have started after one of engines of the Boing 737-
800 exploded. As the cabin started filling with smoke, all of the
passengers were taken to safety via the emergency exits. It has been
widely reported that 1 pilot, 2 cabin attendants and 1 cargo person
suffered minor cuts, which were administered to at the airport. Two
passengers were taken to Tomigusuku Central Hospital for monitoring.
In addition, 3 Japan Self-Defense Force members as well as 1
Firefighter were treated for signs of heat stroke.
The cause of the fire is under investegation, however perliminary
reports cite a fuel leak as a primary cause of the cabin fire.