Accident Boeing 737-3Y0 B-2523, Tuesday 24 November 1992
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Date:Tuesday 24 November 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-3Y0
Owner/operator:China Southern Airlines
Registration: B-2523
MSN: 24913/2052
Year of manufacture:1991
Total airframe hrs:4165 hours
Cycles:3153 flights
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-3B1
Fatalities:Fatalities: 141 / Occupants: 141
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:20 km S of Guilin Airport (KWL) -   China
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport (CAN/ZGGG)
Destination airport:Guilin-Qifengling Airport (KWL/ZGKL)
Confidence Rating: Information verified through data from accident investigation authorities
China Southern flight 3943 departed Guangzhou at 07:17 hours on a domestic flight to Guilin, China. The descent towards Guilin was carried out with autothrottle engaged. During the visual approach to runway 36, at an altitude of about 7000 feet, the captain attempted to level off the plane by raising the nose of the airplane. The autothrottle responded by advancing the throttles. The no. 2 power lever however remained at idle. The crew apparently did not notice this. With the no. 2 engine at idle, the autothrottle further advanced the no. 1 power lever in order to obtain the correct airspeed. The asymmetrical power condition was not corrected and the airplane rolled to the right. Control was lost and the airplane impacted terrain near Liutang.


Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 217)
Flight International 2-8 December 1992 (p.5)
ICAO Summary 4/94 (#37)


  • 4th worst accident in 1992
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



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

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