Narrative:Shortly after takeoff from Taichung, the nr.1 engine oversped. A left turn was initiated in order to make an emergency return to the Taichung Airport or nearby military air base. The pilot lost control and the aircraft struck the ground in a left wing low and a comparatively steep nose low attitude.
|Date:||Saturday 20 June 1964|
|Type:||Curtiss C-46D-10-CU Commando|
|Operator:||Civil Air Transport|
|C/n / msn:|| 32950|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Total airframe hrs:||19488|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 52 / Occupants: 52|
|Total:||Fatalities: 57 / Occupants: 57 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Phase:|| Initial climb (ICL)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Taichung Airport (TXG/RCLG), Taiwan|
|Destination airport:||Taipei-Sung Shan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "About 5 miles west of the accident site was Kung-Kuan Military Air Base. Six miles south-southwest was Shui-Nan Airport from where the aircraft took off. On the right side of the flight pattern was a chain of mountains. It was concluded that, when the pilot found that the left engine was overspeeding, he made an abrupt left turn to land at Kung-Kuan Military Air Base or return to Shui-Nan Airport. During the turn he lost control of the aircraft, which crashed to the ground."
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16 - Volume III, Circular 82-AN/69 (34-37)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Taichung Airport to Taipei-Sung Shan Airport as the crow flies is 133 km (83 miles).