ASN Aircraft accident Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III HS-TGI Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Friday 30 June 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III
Operator:Thai Airways International
Registration: HS-TGI
MSN: 25
First flight: 1960-02-25 (7 years 4 months)
Total airframe hrs:17350
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Avon 527
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 73
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 80
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1.2 km (0.8 mls) SE off Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG) (   Hong Kong)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Flightnumber: 601
The aircraft was making an ILS approach to runway 31 during a heavy rainstorm. The captain was busy seeking visual contact with the ground and didn't notice the descend through the minimum altitude of 415 feet. The co-pilot, who was flying the aircraft, made an abrupt heading change (while already 80 feet below the glide slope) and was possibly caught by downdraft, causing the aircraft to enter a high rate of descent and a crash into the sea short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "a) The pilots did not adhere to the Thai Airways procedure for a 'captain monitored' approach in bad visibility; b) The captain did not monitor the approach adequately; c) The co-pilot mishandled the aircraft after descending below minimum altitude; downdrafts may be contributed to the height loss which resulted from this mishandling."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAD Hong Kong
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: -
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume II (179-200)


photo of Caravelle-III-
photo of Caravelle-III-HS-TGI
accident date: 30-06-1967
type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III
registration: HS-TGI

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 Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport as the crow flies is 804 km (502 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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