ASN Aircraft accident Dornier 228-212 B-12256 Matsu Airport (MFK)
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Status:Information verified through authorities or other official sources.
Date:Sunday 10 August 1997
Type:Silhouette image of generic D228 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Dornier 228-212
Operator:Formosa Airlines
Registration: B-12256
MSN: 8220
First flight: 1993
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-5A-252D
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 14 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) from Matsu Airport (MFK) (   Taiwan)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
Destination airport:Matsu Airport (MFK/RCMT), Taiwan
The Dornier abandoned the first approach in rain and high winds. Visibility was 6000 m. The aircraft then struck treetops and a water tower of a military unit on a hill at 290 m amsl before it crashed and caught fire. Hours after the crash, a weather observer, responsible for providing weather information to the control tower, was found setting himself aflame, airport's police said. He was rushed to hospital in critical condition.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Taipei-Songshan Airport to Matsu Airport as the crow flies is 200 km (125 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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