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Korean Air cancels night flights to Guam after crash

Flight 801 tail August 17, 1997
Web posted at: 12:06 p.m. EDT (1606 GMT)

SEOUL, South Korea (CNN) -- Korean Air canceled its night flights to Guam Sunday, following the deadly crash of Flight 801 on the Pacific island earlier this month.

An airline spokesman said the night flights would be replaced with flights leaving Seoul at 9:50 a.m. (0050 GMT) and arriving in Guam at 3 p.m. (0500 GMT). Return flights would depart the island at 4 p.m. (0600 GMT), before sunset.

"The schedule has been changed as the construction and transportation ministry determined conditions at night at the Guam airport undesirable and asked that the flights be changed," the spokesman said.

The new schedule will take effect on Monday.

Flight 801 was regularly scheduled to leave the Korean capital shortly after 8 p.m. local time and arrive in Guam at the pitch dark hour of 1:25 a.m., the spokesman said.

The Boeing 747 aircraft plowed into a hillside minutes from the Guam airport, killing 226 people on board.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board.

Reuters contributed to this report.

 
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