China Southern Airlines Flight 3456

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China Southern Airlines Flight 3456
Boeing 737-31B, China Southern Airlines AN0221029.jpg
A China Southern airlines Boeing 737-300 similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date May 8, 1997
Summary Foul weather and pilot error, crash on approach
Site Shenzhen, Guangdong, China
Passengers 65
Crew 9
Injuries (non-fatal) 9
Fatalities 35
Survivors 39
Aircraft type Boeing 737-31B
Operator China Southern Airlines
Registration B-2925
Flight origin Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
Destination Shenzhen Huangtian Airport
(now Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport)

China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 (CZ3456) was a flight from Chongqing to Shenzhen Huangtian Airport (now Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport), Guangdong Province, China that crashed while attempting to land in a thunderstorm. China Southern continues to operate the Chongqing-Shenzhen route as Flight 3456 but it now uses an Airbus A320.



The aircraft crashed on its third landing attempt in severe weather with a high vertical speed. The first landing attempt caused damage to the plane's hydraulic systems, landing gear, and flaps. The main warning, hydraulic system, and gear warnings all sounded. The crew decided on a go-around and warned the passengers to prepare for a crash landing. The aircraft skidded off the runway, broke into three pieces and caught fire, killing 33 passengers and 2 crew members.[1]

Cockpit voice recording[edit]

In June 2007, an audio recording reputed to be from China Southern Airlines Flight 3456's cockpit voice recorder was posted on a Chinese internet site. A 12-minute clip of the recording was uploaded to YouTube. According to the analysis of an expert at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the probability that the recording is fake is extremely small.[2]

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Coordinates: 22°38′25″N 113°48′39″E / 22.6402°N 113.8109°E / 22.6402; 113.8109