Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 26 October 1989
Time:18:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic B732 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-209
Operator:China Airlines
Registration: B-180
C/n / msn: 23795/1319
First flight: 1986-12-03 (2 years 11 months)
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-9A
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 54 / Occupants: 54
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5,5 km (3.4 mls) N of Hualien Airport (HUN) (   Taiwan) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Hualien Airport (HUN/RCYU), Taiwan
Destination airport:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan
Flightnumber: 204
Narrative:
Flight CI204 collided with a mountain in the Chiashan mountain range at an elevation of 7000 feet, 3 minutes after take-off.

PROBABLE CAUSE: The crew used the climbout procedure of the wrong runway, causing the aircraft to make a left instead of right turn.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 30.10.1989 (p.32)
» Flight International 6-12 Dec. 1989


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Distance from Hualien Airport to Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport as the crow flies is 123 km (77 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.
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