Narrative:The DC-3 departed Taitung at 19:54 for the last leg of a Kaohsiung-Taitung-Hualien vv. roundtrip. The aircraft didn't arrive at Kaohsiung and it appeared that the aircraft had struck the Mount Paku mountainside at 6420 feet. The wreckage was found at 18:55 the day after.
|Date:||Thursday 2 January 1969|
Douglas C-47A-10-DK (DC-3D)
|C/n / msn:|| 12541|
|First flight:|| 1944|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19|
|Total:||Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Mt. Paku (Taiwan)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Taitung Airport (TTT/RCFN), Taiwan|
|Destination airport:||Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH/RCKH), Taiwan|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft, while flying in a downdraft of the mountain area, suddenly met with turbulence and a down current so that its altitude abruptly dropped and it hit the trees and crashed."
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 Taitung Airport to Kaohsiung International Airport as the crow flies is 79 km (49 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.