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Computer-Related Incidents with Commercial Aircraft

News on the China Airlines A300 Accident, Taipei, February 1998

16 February 1998

Synopsis There is as yet no evidence at all that this accident is computer-related. However, there has been considerable speculation by the Japanese and Taiwanese press (as well as by CNN!) as to whether there were computer-related problems. A background article, The Crash of Flight CI676, a China Airlines Airbus A300, Taipei, Taiwan, Monday 16 February, 1998: What We Know So Far, Report RVS-J-98-01 from the RVS group at the University of Bielefeld, gives extensive background to this accident, including a discussion of the causes of the Nagoya accident (below), also to a China Airlines A300, in 1994. The article also assesses what needs to be known before any conclusions at all can be drawn. The article is designed to be continuously revised as new information comes in.