’94 China Air crash remembered


About 300 mourners gathered for a memorial ceremony for the 264 victims of a China Airlines plane that crashed at Nagoya Airport in 1994.

The mourners Saturday in Kasugai, Aichi Prefecture, observed a minute of silence at 8:15 p.m., the time when the plane crashed.

After the Nagoya branch manager of the Taipei-based airline prayed for the victims, Sachiko Nagai, 51, a member of a group of the victims’ families, read out messages from seven family members.

Noboru Yamamoto, head of the families’ group, told reporters, “We aim to create a society where the sorrow of the families will be eased, even if slightly.”

On April 26, 1994, the China Airlines jet from Taipei crashed while attempting to land at Nagoya Airport. The crash was partly blamed on pilot error and killed 264 passengers and crew members, leaving seven people seriously injured.