China Airlines Flight 334

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China Airlines Flight 334
LX-EVC, the aircraft involved in the hijack, painted in the original Cargolux livery two years before the incident
Hijacking summary
Date May 3, 1986 (1986-05-03)
Summary Hijacking
Site Guangzhou
Passengers 0
Crew 3
Fatalities 0
Aircraft type Boeing 747-200F
Operator China Airlines
Registration LX-ECV
Flight origin Singapore Changi Airport
Destination Don Mueang International Airport

China Airlines Flight 334 was a Boeing 747-200F freighter aircraft that was hijacked by pilot Wang Xijue on May 3, 1986 while en route to Bangkok, Thailand. Wang managed to subdue the two other crew members and changed course to land the 747 in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China, where he defected. The incident forced the Chiang Ching-kuo government in Taiwan to reverse its Three Noes policy in regards to contacting the communist government in mainland China, and Chiang dispatched several delegates to Hong Kong to negotiate with mainland officials for the return of the aircraft and crew. The incident was credited as a catalyst in renewing cross-strait relations between mainland China and Taiwan.[1][2]

Aircraft[edit]

The aircraft was a Boeing 747-2R7F/SCD freighter,[note 1] registration B-198, built in September 1980 for another airline. The ROC Ministry of Transportation Civil Aviation Authority acquired the aircraft in June 1985 and then leased it to China Airlines.

Incident[edit]

Aftermath[edit]

On 29 December 1991, the aircraft B-198 operating as China Airlines Flight 358, hit a hillside near Wanli, Taiwan after separation of its No.3 & 4 engines, killing all five crew on board.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The aircraft was a Boeing 747-200 model; Boeing assigns a unique code for each company that buys one of its aircraft, which was applied as a suffix to the model number at the time the aircraft was built, hence "747-2R7". This aircraft was a freighter with a large door in its side for loading cargo, hence "747-2R7F/SCD" for Freighter/Side Cargo Door.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Pilot lands in China, asks to defect" Chicago Tribune. May 4, 1986.
  2. ^ 21年前劫机留谜团 王锡爵北京度晚年 联合早报, Nov 4, 2007