Accident Dornier 228-212 B-12256, Sunday 10 August 1997
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Date:Sunday 10 August 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Dornier 228-212
Owner/operator:Formosa Airlines
Registration: B-12256
MSN: 8220
Year of manufacture:1993
Engine model:Garrett TPE331-5A-252D
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1 km from Matsu Airport (MFK) -   Taiwan
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS)
Destination airport:Matsu Airport (MFK/RCMT)
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
The Dornier abandoned the first approach in rain and high winds. Visibility was 6000 m. The aircraft then struck treetops and a water tower of a military unit on a hill at 290 m amsl before it crashed and caught fire. Hours after the crash, a weather observer, responsible for providing weather information to the control tower, was found setting himself aflame, airport's police said. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition.


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  • 25th worst accident in 1997
  • 5th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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