On September 25th, 1993, while proceeding on a ballast voyage
from South Korea to Johore state Malaysis,
the 11 year old Altair broke in two
following an explosion in the South China sea,
47 mi NE of Tioman Island.
She sank 75 minutes later in Lat 03.18.11N 104.56.18E.
Of her 21 Korean crew, 18 were rescued by the container ship Choyang Express.
The others were missing and presumed dead.
It was later reported that the crew were tank cleaning at the time of explosion.