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Last updated: 2 July 2020
Datum:Sonntag 29 Dezember 1991
Zeit:ca 15:05
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B742 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 747-2R7F
Fluggesellschaft:China Airlines
Kennzeichen: B-198
Werknummer: 22390/482
Baujahr: 1980-09-30 (11 years 3 months)
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:9094
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT9D-7R4G2
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:nahe Wanli (   Taiwan)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Taipei-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan
Flug nach:Anchorage International Airport, AK (ANC/PANC), USA
Four minutes after takeoff (at 5200 feet), during a high-speed climbout, the flight crew reported no. 2 engine problems. Taipei ATC then gave the flight radar vectors to turn left for a return to the airport. One minute and 45 seconds later the crew reported unable to turn left, so ATC gave permission to turn right. This was the last contact with the flight. Control was lost and the aircraft crashed into a hillside, right wing-first, at an altitude of 700 feet.
It appeared that the no. 3 engine had separated from the wing. The engine struck the no. 4 engine, which separated also. The aircraft had accumulated 45868 hours, of which 74 hours since the last A-check maintenance on December 21, and 9094 cycles. Load factor of this flight was 90%.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Initial findings suggest a failure of both no.3 engine inboard midspar fittings, partly in fatigue partly ductile.

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photo of Boeing-747-2R7F-B-198
accident date: 29-12-1991
type: Boeing 747-2R7F
registration: B-198
photo of Boeing-747-2R7F-B-198
accident date: 29-12-1991
type: Boeing 747-2R7F
registration: B-198

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-Chiang Kai Shek International Airport to Anchorage International Airport, AK as the crow flies is 7473 km (4671 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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