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Accident description
Last updated: 24 June 2017
Date:Friday 31 July 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic YK42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Yakovlev 42D
Operator:China General Aviation Corp.
Registration: B-2755
C/n / msn: 4520422116644
First flight: 1991
Engines: 3 Lotarev D-36
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 98 / Occupants: 116
Total:Fatalities: 107 / Occupants: 126
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nanking Airport (NKG) (   China)
Crash site elevation: 15 m (49 feet) amsl
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nanking Airport (NKG/ZSNJ), China
Destination airport:Xiamen Airport (XMN/ZSAM), China
Flight 7552 took off from Nanjing (Nanking) and climbed to about 60 m when it lost control and crashed into a pond, 600 m past the runway and caught fire.


Loss of control

» Soviet Transports (1994)
» Scramble 157
» Aviation Week & Space Technology 10.08.1992 (34)
» Flight International 12-18.08.1992 (p.10)
» Scramble 159
» Chinese aviation accidents centennial

Follow-up / safety actions
China General grounded its fleet of Yak-42 planes temporarily on August 6, 1992.


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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 Nanking Airport to Xiamen Airport as the crow flies is 798 km (499 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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