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Plane Had No Problems Before Crash, Pilot Says

April 17, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

The pilot of a Chinese airliner that crashed in southern South Korea with 166 people on board told officials that his plane had no mechanical problems before it went down.

The Chinese pilot, Wu Xinlu, was among 38 survivors of Monday's crash. He was hospitalized with extensive facial bruises and a minor brain hemorrhage.

"I felt no plane malfunction before the crash," aviation officials quoted Wu as saying.

Officials have suggested that human error was to blame in the crash. The death toll rose to 126 as more bodies were recovered. Two people remained missing.

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