Fuselage of Asiana Cargo Plane Recovered

Write : 2011-07-28 08:24:12 Update : 2011-10-31 15:35:55

Parts of the wreckage from a South Korean cargo plane that crashed early Thursday west of Jeju Island have been found, but the plane's two-member crew is still missing.

The Jeju Maritime Police say five ships and one helicopter located the plane’s fuselage with an Asiana Airline’s logo and a pilot’s seat.

The Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said the Asiana Airlines' Boeing 747 cargo jet departed from Incheon International Airport at 2:47 a.m. for Shanghai on Thursday before communications were severed around 4:12 a.m.

The ministry says the jet, Flight OZ 991, turned around after reporting trouble and was flying towards Jeju Airport when it crashed. The ministry confirmed that the cargo plane communicated to a nearby Korean Air passenger plane that its cargo was on fire before it went down.

The ministry added that search and rescue workers earlier found a lifeboat, oil slicks and debris from the plane at the site of the crash 129 kilometers west of Jeju, but there were no signs of the pilot or the copilot.

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