Fri, Aug 22, 2003 - Page 3 News List

Taiwan Quick Take


■ WeatherSouth may get typhoon's rain

Typhoon Krovanh formed Wednesday night to the south of the Philippines, but it is unlikely to hit Taiwan, the Central Weather Bureau said yesterday. Bureau forecasters said the typhoon, located at 18.8 degrees north and 129.2 degrees east as of 8am yesterday, is unlikely to reach Taiwan. However, it may bring heavy rains to the south.

■ Crime

Ship found but not crew

The government suspects foul play in the disappearance of the crew of a fishing trawler that was found empty near the Indonesian island of Java, authorities said yesterday. The Chan Cheng Tsung disappeared late last month and was found Wednesday. Its "crew, cargo of fish and equipment were all missing," said fisheries official Sha Chih-yi. The ship, registered in Liuchiu, had three Taiwanese on board -- including its captain -- along with two Chinese and four Indonesians, Sha said. ``We would like Indonesia to find out whether the Indonesian crewmembers are involved,'' he said. Indonesian waters are notorious high-risk areas for ships, which are commonly robbed or hijacked by pirates.

■ Politics

Veterans plan parade

A parade and an evening party will be held in downtown Taipei today to commemorate the Battle of the Taiwan Strait, which began on Aug. 23, 1958. The commemoration is sponsored by the KMT and the "Confederation of Veterans of the Aug. 23 Battle." On Aug. 23, 1958, Chinese troops began to shell Kinmen. In the first 36 hours, the island was battered by 94,000 rounds of artillery. Over the next 42 days, more than 400,000 mortar shells rained down on the island before the attack was repulsed. A KMT spokesman said the battle symbolizes the honor it is to serve in the armed forces to defend Taiwan. He said the battle has an important meaning, but the DPP has ignored it. Organizers said an estimated 8,000 veterans of the battle and a few KMT and PFP legislators will participate in a parade from Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall to the 228 Memorial Park, the site of the party.

■ Transport

Plane makes risky landing

A passenger plane from Taipei glided onto a runway at Shangyi Airport on Kinmen Island yesterday while trying to land amid a heavy downpour, forcing the airport authorities to shut down the facility. The MD82 passenger plane of Far East Air Transport Corp, which departed from Taipei at 11:14am with six crew members and 147 passengers on board, landed at 12:03pm. The plane was covered in mud but no one was injured. The airport was reopened later yesterday.

■ Military

Navy disputes media reports

Navy General Headquarters disputed media reports yesterday that a navy anti-submarine aircraft made a forced landing at Shuinan Airport in Taichung earlier in the day. The navy said in a press release that the S-2T was on a post-maintenance test flight when its pilot spotted an engine-fire warning signal. The pilot immediately made an emergency landing, the press statement said, adding that thanks to the pilot's appropriate handling, the plane landed safely and didn't veer off the runway as some media reports had claimed. The navy added that the plane's smooth landing should not be described as a forced landing. It dismissed as "misleading" media reports that the S-2T was stranded on the runway.

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