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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Thursday 22 June 2000
Time:14:51
Type:Silhouette image of generic AN24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Xian Yunshuji Y-7-100C
Operator:Wuhan Airlines
Registration: B-3479
C/n / msn: 06708
First flight: 1988
Total airframe hrs:13900
Cycles:11800
Engines: 2 Harbin WJ-5A-1
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 38 / Occupants: 38
Total:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 7
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 25 km from Wuhan (   China)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Enshi Airport (ENH/ZHES), China
Destination airport:Wuhan Airport (WUH/ZHHH), China
Flightnumber: 343
Narrative:
Wuhan Airlines flight 343 departed Enshi for a flight to Wuhan. The aircraft entered an area of poor weather; rain and thunderstorm with associated windshear. The crew reportedly circled Wuhan for about 30 minutes to wait for the storm to pass. Wuhan's weather bureau recorded 451 thunderclaps in a 10-minute period as the plane circled. During the approach the first officer proposed to land at an alternate airport, but the captain decided to continue to Wuhan.
The plane was caught by windshear and crashed near Sitai Village, Yongfeng Township. Half of the plane plunged into a farmhouse and the other half came to rest on a dike of the Han River. Sitai is located about 20 to 30 kilometers (12 to 18 miles) from Wuhan. Seven workers who were installing generators on a vessel were killed when the plane hit.
The Yun-7 airliner had recorded 13,811 safe flight hours and completed 11,724 takeoffs and landings by the end of May, finishing two-thirds of its lifespan.

Classification:
Windshear/downdraft
Loss of control

Sources:
» China Central Television
» China Daily
» ICAO Adrep Summary 3/2001 (#40)
» Xinhua


Follow-up / safety actions
"In accordance with the requirements of the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China, all of Wuhan Airlines' six other Yun-7 planes will be suspended from service until the cause of the crash is determined" (Xinhua)
"Six Yun-7 airplanes belonging to Wuhan Airlines (...) resumed service July 16 (....), having passed a tight safety inspection and extra training of crew members." (Xinhua)
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has ordered all Yunshuji and Tupolev aircraft to be taken out of scheduled passenger service by June 1, 2001.

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Distance from Enshi Airport to Wuhan Airport as the crow flies is 452 km (283 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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