Accident Airbus A321-131 B-22603, Friday 21 March 2003
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Date:Friday 21 March 2003
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Airbus A321-131
Owner/operator:TransAsia Airways
Registration: B-22603
MSN: 602
Year of manufacture:1996
Total airframe hrs:13516 hours
Cycles:18580 flights
Engine model:IAE V2530-A5
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 175
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, written off
Location:Tainan Airport (TNN) -   Taiwan
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS)
Destination airport:Tainan Airport (TNN/RCNN)
Investigating agency: ASC
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
TransAsia Airways Flight 543 from Taipei squashed a utility vehicle on runway 36R as it landed at Tainan Airport in southern Taiwan, injuring two construction workers. The aircraft fuselage sustained severe damage.

The Aviation Safety Council has determined that the findings related to probable cause of the crash of GE543 was due to inadequate planning and implementation in airport construction safety procedures by both the CAA and the military authority, inadequacy in landing approval when exceeding the curfew hour, insufficient cooperation and coordination between the CAA and the military base authorities prior to construction work, lack of awareness to a lit runway when entering an active runway without acknowledging the tower controllers.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: ASC
Report number: ASC-AOR-04-10-001
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 6 months
Download report: Final report


Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Taipei-Sung Shan Airport (TSA); 16 October 1997

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