VISITORS to Hong Kong could soon be deprived of a glimpse of ''the one that didn't make it'' following a deal to buy the China Airlines jumbo jet which crashed into Victoria Harbour. The Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company (HAECO) is set to buy all that is left of the ill-fated flight CAL 605 which has been standing on Kai Tak airport's north apron for the past three months. The corroded wreck, painted white to spare the blushes of China Airlines, will be bought from the insurer which is soon to become the official owner when payment is made to the Taiwanese airline. And it will end the embarrassment for the airport managers and spare the ordeal for visitors with a fear of flying whose first view of the territory is a ghost-like hulk with blown-off tail. The plane will be dismantled once the deal is signed soon after the investigation into the crash gives the all-clear, expected inside the next two months. All undamaged equipment, from flight instruments to toilets, will be assessed, serviced and possibly used again. Information recently decoded from the flight recorder and cockpit voice recorder will be used to give an indication of which parts are serviceable. Much of the forward section of the Boeing 747-400 remained undamaged by either impact or water saturation despite spending three weeks floating off the end of the runway. Provided the equipment passes stringent checks and is given certification by the manufacturers and aviation authorities, it can be used again, said HAECO commercial director Tom Begley. ''Some of the parts are likely to be serviceable as they were undamaged,'' he said. ''The plane is likely to be dismantled and bits taken off, but the basic fuselage is likely to be disposed of. ''Anything there is a question mark about would be thrown away as we wouldn't want it getting into the supply chain.'' He said all parts from the plane would be tagged with a history so buyers would know where they came from. Provided the elements and the nullah gases have not taken their toll, much of the cockpit equipment may be re-usable, as well as most of the seats, the galleys, overhead lockers and other fittings. The US$150 million (HK$1.16 billion) plane plunged into the harbour while it attempted to land during Severe Tropical Storm Ira in November.