Small airliner vanishes over strait


Taipei - A Taiwanese airliner carrying 13 people vanished from radar over the Taiwan Strait minutes after take-off yesterday and was believed to have crashed into the sea.

Amid unconfirmed reports that wreckage and two bodies had been found, rescue teams said they would continue to search through the night despite heavy fog.

The Formosa Airlines 36-seat Saab 360 carrying eight passengers and five crew disappeared from radar at 11.30 a.m. (Irish time) from Taiwan's northern town of Hsinchu.

The incident comes barely a month after Taiwan's worst air disaster, the crash of a China Airlines Airbus at Taipei's international airport on February 16th that killed 202 people, including six on the ground.