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Kaohsiung airport closed temporarily due to poor visibility

Kaohsiung airport closed temporarily due to poor visibility

Kaohsiung, July 27 (CNA) Kaohsiung International Airport in southern Taiwan was shut down temporarily on Sunday afternoon for about 90 minutes due to poor visibility and a thunderstorm in the area, according to an airport official. Because visibility fell below minimum safety standards for landings and takeoffs, the airport was closed at 2:58 p.m. and did not reopen until 4:30 p.m., said airport director Chu Yao-kuang. The move delayed more than 20 flights, including one due to arrive that was carrying the body of a victim of the July 23 TransAsia Airways plane crash in the outlying island county of Penghu. Speaking about the ill-fated TransAsia flight, Chu said that when the plane was ready to depart from Kaohsiung, visibility at the airport met the standard and Magong Airport in Penghu was open, so the airport approved the plane's request to take off. The plane crashed about 1 kilometer from the Magong Airport runway after aborting a landing in unstable weather and trying to fly a go-around, leaving 48 of the 58 people on board dead. An investigation into the crash is ongoing. (By Cheng Che-fon and Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-01-25 12:57 GMT+08:00