ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-212 B-12257 Matsu Airport (MFK)
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Date:Friday 5 April 1996
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dornier 228-212
Operator:Formosa Airlines
Registration: B-12257
MSN: 8223
First flight: 1993
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) off Matsu Airport (MFK) (   Taiwan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
Destination airport:Matsu Airport (MFK/RCMT), Taiwan
Formosa Airlines flight 7613 took off from Taipei-Sung Shan Airport (TSA) at 15:29 on a flight to Matsu Island (MFK). Visibility was poor as the Dornier 228 approached the airport. The crew attempted a visual approach in instrument conditions. The approach was continued although the copilot had not yet spotted the runway. He was concentrating on obtaining visual cues and failed to monitor the approach. The crew noticed that they had descended very low and increased power. The aircraft was not able to gain height fast enough, contacted the sea and crashed.

VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» A Taiwan Plane Crashed Near Matsu Island [CND, 04/05/96]
» Scramble 204(51)
» Aviation Safety Council Statistics 1996-2005


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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 Taipei-Songshan Airport to Matsu Airport as the crow flies is 200 km (125 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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