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World IN BRIEF : TAIWAN

Plane Crash Leads to Suicide Attempt

August 12, 1997|From Times Wire Reports

An airport weatherman attempted suicide after a deadly plane crash, pouring gasoline over himself in the control tower and setting himself afire. Ouyang Kangyen, the control tower weatherman on Matsu island, was in stable condition at a Taipei hospital with burns over 70% of his body. Tsai Tui, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, said the suicide attempt stemmed from public outcry over a crash a day earlier on the island. The Formosa Airlines plane crashed in rain and fog as it tried to land, killing 16 people.

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