The China Airlines passenger aircraft with 225 people onboard
crashed shortly after taking off from the Taiwanese capital, Taipei,
for Hong Kong.
Investigators fear the plane suffered a mid-air explosion as
the pilot had not sent an SOS message.
The fire chief of Taiwan's Penghu islands, Huang Kuang-hua, said:
"We haven't found any survivors so far. We are not optimistic."
The airline said it was unlikely mechanical failure was the cause
of the crash.
The Boeing 747-200 was carrying 206 passengers, including three
infants, and 19 crew on the ill-fated 90-minute flight.
The jumbo jet took off from Taipei airport at 3.11 pm local time
and disappeared off radar screens 19 minutes later.