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China Airlines plane makes forced landing at Okinawa

TAIPEI -- A Kaohsiung-bound China Airlines passenger flight from Osaka was forced to make an emergency landing in Okinawa at 2:36 p.m. Thursday after the 737-800 jet was found to be leaking fuel, the airliner said.

Flight CI167 took off from Kansai International Airport in Osaka at 12:43 p.m. (Japan time) carrying 154 passengers and was originally scheduled to land at Kaohsiung International Airport at 2:50 p.m. (Taipei time), said China Airlines, Taiwan's largest carrier.

The flight's pilots decided to make the emergency landing at Naha Airport in Okinawa when the discovered fuel levels dropping abnormally quickly.

China Airlines has made dining arrangements for passengers on CI167 ahead of a later scheduled flight to take them to Taiwan.

The airline said it will arrange for passenger transit to Kaohsiung either by the High Speed Rail or by bus.

The 737-800 that landed in Osaka will undergo checks and repairs before it can be flown back to Taiwan, the airline said.

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