38 Years ago today: On 22 August 1981 a Far Eastern Boeing 737 crashed near Miao-Li after an explosive decompression and airframe failure, killing all 110 occupants.

Date:Saturday 22 August 1981
Time:ca 10:00
Type: Boeing 737-222
Operator:Far Eastern Air Transport – FEAT
Registration:B-2603
C/n / msn:19939/151
First flight:1969-04-30 (12 years 4 months)
Cycles:33313
Engines:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 104 / Occupants: 104
Total:Fatalities: 110 / Occupants: 110
Aircraft damage:Destroyed
Aircraft fate:Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Miao-Li (   Taiwan)
Phase:En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
Destination airport:Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH/RCKH), Taiwan
Flightnumber:103

Narrative:
On August 5, 1981 the aircraft lost cabin pressure during a flight from Taipei (TSA) to Kaohsiung (KHH) in Taiwan. On August 22 the 737 took off from Taipei on a flight to Makung (MZG). Ten minutes after takeoff from there was a loss of cabin pressure. The flight crew returned to Taipei, where repair work was carried out. Later that day the aircraft entered service again as Flight 103 to Kaohsiung. Fourteen minutes after takeoff the aircraft suffered an explosive decompression and disintegrated in flight

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “Extensive corrosion damage in the lower fuselage structures, and at a number of locations there were corrosion penetrated through pits, holes and cracks due to intergranular corrosion and skin thinning exfoliation corrosion, and in addition, the possible existence of undetected cracks because of the great number of pressurization cycles of the aircraft (a total of 33,313 landings), interaction of these defects and the damage had so deteriorated that rapid fracture occurred at a certain flight altitude and pressure differential resulting rapid decompression and sudden break of passenger compartment floor beams and connecting frames, cutting control cables and electrical wiring. And eventually loss of power, loss of control, midair disintegration.”