Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2014
Status:Preliminary
Date:Sunday 21 November 2004
Time:08:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic CRJ2 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadair CL-600-2B19 Regional Jet CRJ-200LR
Operator:China Yunnan Airlines
Registration: B-3072
C/n / msn: 7697
First flight: 2002
Engines: 2 General Electric CF34-3B1
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 47 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 53 / Occupants: 53
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Baotou Airport (BAV) (   China) show on map
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Baotou Airport (BAV/ZBOW), China
Destination airport:Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport (SHA/ZSSS), China
Flightnumber:5210
Narrative:
RegionalJet B-3072 was parked overnight at the Baotou Airport in cold weather conditions. Prior to departure on the morning service to Shanghai (SHA), flight MU5210 was not de-iced. The wings were contaminated by the overnight frost, which severely degraded the aerodynamic characteristics of the wing. Shortly after the airplane rotated, it entered a stall. The pilots were not able to regain control. The CRJ200 crashed into a frozen lake in Nanhai Park just two kilometers past the runway. The aircraft struck a park ticket office, killing two park employees, before it crashed into the water.

Classification:
Icing
Loss of control

Sources:
» State Administration of Work Safety China
» Xinhua


Follow-up / safety actions
In 2006, twelve people were found responsible for the accident and received administrative punishments.

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Distance from Baotou Airport to Shanghai-Hongqiao Airport as the crow flies is 1455 km (909 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.
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