Accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III HS-TGI, Friday 30 June 1967
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Date:Friday 30 June 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III
Owner/operator:Thai Airways International
Registration: HS-TGI
MSN: 25
Year of manufacture:1960
Total airframe hrs:17350 hours
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Avon 527
Fatalities:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 80
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:1.2 km SE off Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG) -   Hong Kong
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS)
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH)
Investigating agency: CAD Hong Kong
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The aircraft was making an ILS approach to runway 31 during a heavy rainstorm. The captain was busy seeking visual contact with the ground and didn't notice the descend through the minimum altitude of 415 feet. The co-pilot, who was flying the aircraft, made an abrupt heading change (while already 80 feet below the glide slope) and was possibly caught by downdraft, causing the aircraft to enter a high rate of descent and a crash into the sea short of the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "a) The pilots did not adhere to the Thai Airways procedure for a 'captain monitored' approach in bad visibility; b) The captain did not monitor the approach adequately; c) The co-pilot mishandled the aircraft after descending below minimum altitude; downdrafts may be contributed to the height loss which resulted from this mishandling."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAD Hong Kong
Report number: -
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year 1 month
Download report: Final report


ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume II (179-200)


  • 27th worst accident in 1967
  • 19th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 5th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Aviation Safety Network

photo (c) via Werner Fischdick; Bangkok International Airport (BKK); July 1966

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