Accident Boeing 747-2R7F B-198, Sunday 29 December 1991
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Date:Sunday 29 December 1991
Time:15:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 747-2R7F
Owner/operator:China Airlines
Registration: B-198
MSN: 22390/482
Year of manufacture:1980
Total airframe hrs:45868 hours
Cycles:9094 flights
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4G2
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:near Wanli -   Taiwan
Phase: En route
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP)
Destination airport:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC)
Narrative:
Four minutes after takeoff (at 5200 feet), during a high-speed climbout, the flight crew reported no. 2 engine problems. Taipei ATC then gave the flight radar vectors to turn left for a return to the airport. One minute and 45 seconds later the crew reported unable to turn left, so ATC gave permission to turn right. This was the last contact with the flight. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed into a hillside, right wing-first, at an altitude of 700 feet.
It appeared that the no. 3 engine had separated from the wing. The engine struck the no. 4 engine, which separated also. The aircraft had accumulated 45868 hours, of which 74 hours since the last A-check maintenance on December 21, and 9094 cycles. Load factor of this flight was 90%.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Initial findings suggest a failure of both no.3 engine inboard midspar fittings, partly in fatigue partly ductile.

Sources:

Aircraft Accident Report 92-11 El Al Flight 1862 ... / Netherlands Aviation Safety Board (p.32)
Aviation Week & Space Technology 6.1.92 (23)
Flight International 8-14 January 92 (11)
Scramble 152

History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft

3 May 1986 B-198 China Airlines 0 Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport (CAN) non

Location

Images:


photo (c) Frank Schaefer; Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG); October 1991


photo (c) Werner Fischdick; Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG); 27 March 1991

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