TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) _ A China Airlines jet that crashed last week near Taipei airport, killing 202 people, was flying well above the standard altitude when it approached the runway, a newspaper reported Sunday.

Radar showed that when the Airbus A300-600R was about three miles from the airport, the jetliner was flying at 1,300 feet, much higher than the standard 900-feet approach, the China Times Express said.

The pilots attempted to descend quickly to correct the mistake, the paper said, quoting unidentified aviation sources.

No official reason for the plane's crash has been given, but investigators say the plane veered sharply to the left as it came in to land. It then crashed into a semi-rural area beside the runway and exploded, killing all aboard and six people on the ground.

Weeping relatives offered prayers to the dead at the first of a series of memorial services Sunday, while laboratories rushed to finish identifying the victims.

Relatives made small offerings of incense before alters amid chanting at Buddhist and Taoist memorial services held at the morgue in the Taipei suburb of Panchiao and in southern city of Kaohsiung.

About a week after the crash, only 32 of the victims have been identified by DNA comparisons demanded by police before any bodies can be released, newspapers reported.

Most bodies were badly charred and dismembered, making identification possible only by comparison of DNA samples or dental records.