An Asiana Airlines freighter crashed into waters off the southern coast of South Korea on 21 July after reporting a fire in its cargo hold, government officials have said.
A pilot seat, wing tip and other parts of the wreckage were recovered by maritime patrol boats about 70 miles west of Jeju, the southernmost island off South Korea, the Ministry of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs said in a statement. The maritime police were searching the sea for the plane’s two-man crew whose fate remained unknown.
The B747-400F took off from the Incheon airport west of Seoul early morning on 21 July, bound for Pudong, China. It was carrying 58 tonnes of electronic and machine parts, including batteries, paint and other chemicals considered inflammable, the ministry said.
In its last communication with the Shanghai air traffic control centre roughly an hour after take off, it reported a fire in its cargo hold. The aircraft is believed to have crashed nine minutes later, as it turned around and was headed for an emergency landing in the Jeju airport.