Narrative:The aircraft broke-up in flight and crashed about ten minutes after takeoff.
|Date:||Monday 6 June 1994|
|Operator:||China Northwest Airlines|
|C/n / msn:|| 86A-740|
|First flight:|| 1986|
|Total airframe hrs:||12507|
|Engines:|| 3 Soloviev D-30KU-154-II|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 146 / Occupants: 146|
|Total:||Fatalities: 160 / Occupants: 160 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||S of Xian ( China)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Xian-Xianyang International Airport (XIY/ZLXY), China|
|Destination airport:||Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport (CAN/ZGGG), China|
PROBABLE CAUSE: Auto-pilot induced oscillations caused the aircraft to shake violently. It appeared that the autopilot yaw-channel had been connected to the bank control and the bank-channel to the yaw controls. This was done the previous evening 'in the field' rather than in a workshop.
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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 Xian-Xianyang International Airport to Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport as the crow flies is 1318 km (824 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.