China Airlines Flight 204

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China Airlines Flight 204
Accident summary
Date 26 October 1989
Summary Pilot error, CFIT, runway confusion
Site Chiashan mountain range near Hualien Airport, Taiwan
Passengers 47
Crew 7
Fatalities 54 (all)
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 737-209
Operator China Airlines
Registration B-180
Flight origin Hualien Airport
Destination Taipei Songshan Airport

China Airlines Flight (CI204) was a Boeing 737 that crashed into a mountain after take off from Hualien Airport, Taiwan, on 26 October 1989. The crash killed all 54 passengers and crew on board the aircraft.


The aircraft that crashed was a Boeing 737-200, registration B-180, having first flown on 3 December 1986.[1]


China Airlines Flight 204 took off from Hualien Airport on a short haul flight to Taipei Sungshan Airport[citation needed] on the island of Taiwan. On board the Boeing 737 were 47 passengers and 7 crew. Ten minutes after take-off the aircraft, having reached a height of 7,000 ft (2,100 m) collided with a mountain, part of the Chiashan mountain range, 5.5 km (3.4 mi) north of the airport. All 54 passengers and crew on board were killed.[1][2][3]


The major cause of the crash was pilot error, with the crew, consisting of an experienced pilot (15 years with China Airlines) and a novice co-pilot, taking off from the wrong runway, compounded by ground control, who failed to spot the error. The aircraft then flew the climbout procedure for the runway that the flight was planned to use, resulting in the aircraft making a left turn towards the mountains rather than a right turn towards the sea.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b "Aircraft accident Boeing 737-209 B-180 Hualien Airport (HUN)". Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  2. ^ a b Flight International 4 November 1989, p. 8.
  3. ^ "Accident Details". Retrieved 3 June 2010.
  4. ^ Flight International 6–12 December 1989, p. 8.