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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Date:Tuesday 7 May 2002
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82)
Operator:China Northern Airlines
Registration: B-2138
C/n / msn: 49522/1702
First flight: 1990
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217A
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 103 / Occupants: 103
Total:Fatalities: 112 / Occupants: 112
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) E off Dalian (   China)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beijing-Capital Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Destination airport:Dalian Airport (DLC/ZYTL), China
Flight 6163 departed Beijing at 20:37, for a planned one hour and three minutes flight to Dalian. The aircraft crashed into the sea after the pilot reported a fire in the cabin. Chinese salvage workers found the flight data recorder on May 18. The cockpit voice recorder was recovered from the sea on May 14.
This MD-82 was built in China under licence from McDonnell Douglas by Shanghai Aviation Industrial Corporation (SAIC).

Probable Cause:

Authorities blamed the crash on a fire set by a passenger who bought seven insurance policies before boarding the flight, insuring his life for $170,000.


Loss of control

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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 Beijing-Capital Airport to Dalian Airport as the crow flies is 440 km (275 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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