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The aircraft was a Boeing 747-2R7F/SCD freighter,[note 1] registration B-198, built in September 1980 for another airline. The ROC Ministry of Transportation Civil Aviation Authority acquired the aircraft in June 1985 and then leased it to China Airlines. On 29 December 1991, the aircraft B-198 operating as China Airlines Flight 358, hit a hillside near Wanli, Taiwan after separation of its number three and four engines, killing all five crew on board.
5:50 AM: China Airlines freighter aircraft took off from Singapore, headed for Bangkok.
2:40 PM: China Airlines freighter aircraft flew pass the IDOSI reporting point, about 120 nautical miles to the southeast of Hong Kong. It followed orders from Hong Kong Air Traffic Control and descended from 33,000 feet.
2:45 PM: Wang Xijue attacked Dong Guangxing with an emergency ax. Dongguang Xing was subdued and handcuffed by Wang Xijue.
2:50 PM: Chiu Mingzhi, who came back from the restroom, started to fight with Wang Xijue.
2:50 PM: Hong Kong ATC, upon discovering that China Airlines 334 has not descended to the appropriate height, ordered it to descend.
^The aircraft was a Boeing 747-200 model; Boeing assigns a unique code for each company that buys one of its aircraft, which was applied as a suffix to the model number at the time the aircraft was built, hence "747-2R7". This aircraft was a freighter with a large door in its side for loading cargo, hence "747-2R7F/SCD" for Freighter/Side Cargo Door.