33 Years ago today: On 26 October 1989 a China Airlines Boeing 737 flew into the side of a mountain when the crew used the wrong climbout procedure from Hualien, Taiwan, all 54 occupants were killed.
|Date:||Thursday 26 October 1989|
|First flight:||1986-12-03 (2 years 11 months)|
|Engines:||2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47|
|Total:||Fatalities: 54 / Occupants: 54|
|Aircraft damage:||Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||5,5 km (3.4 mls) N of Hualien Airport (HUN) ( Taiwan)|
|Phase:||En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Hualien Airport (HUN/RCYU), Taiwan|
|Destination airport:||Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan|
China Airlines Flight 204 collided with a mountain in the Chiashan mountain range at an elevation of 7000 feet, 3 minutes after takeoff.
PROBABLE CAUSE: The crew used the climbout procedure of the wrong runway, causing the aircraft to make a left instead of right turn.