Accident Boeing 737-31B B-2925, Thursday 8 May 1997
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Date:Thursday 8 May 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-31B
Owner/operator:China Southern Airlines
Registration: B-2925
MSN: 27288/2577
Year of manufacture:1994
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-3B1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 35 / Occupants: 74
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Shenzhen Airport (SZX) -   China
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Chongqing-Jiangbei International Airport (CKG/ZUCK)
Destination airport:Shenzhen-Huangtian Airport (SZX/ZGSZ)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
China Southern Airlines flight 3456 was destroyed in a landing accident at Shenzhen Airport, China. Thirty-five of the 74 occupants sustained fatal injuries.
During final approach, the aircraft encountered clouds. The pilot could not see the surface to accurately judge height. The aircraft touched down hard, first on the nose landing gear, then on the main gear and bounced three times. The pilot then executed a go-around. During the second landing, due to damage from the first landing, the crew could not control the attitude and the aircraft touched down at high speed and could not be brought to stop on the runway. It ran off the runway, broke up in three pieces and caught fire.


Flight International 21-27 May 1997 (12)
ICAO Adrep Summary 1/98 (#17)


  • 16th worst accident in 1997
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG); 18 October 1995

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