China Airlines Flight 358

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China Airlines Cargo Flight 358
China Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-200F Rees.jpg
B-198, the aircraft involved in the accident, at Changi Airport in 1985.
Accident summary
Date December 29, 1991
Summary Engine detachment due to improper maintenance
Site Wanli, Taipei
Passengers 0
Crew 5
Fatalities 5 (all)
Aircraft type Boeing 747-2R7F
Operator China Airlines
Registration B-198
Flight origin Chiang Kai-shek Int'l Airport
Taipei, Taiwan
Destination Anchorage International Airport
Alaska, United States

China Airlines Flight 358 was a Boeing 747-2R7F freighter plane that crashed on December 29, 1991 shortly after takeoff from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan. The aircraft was a 747, registration B-198, that had been in service for 11 years, 3 months.[1] The aircraft had clocked a total of 45,868 hours of flight time during its time in service. The last A-check maintenance had occurred on December 21, 1991, and the aircraft had accumulated 74 hours of flight time since that point.[1]

Several minutes after takeoff, the crew reported problems with the #2 engine, prompting Taipei air traffic control (ATC) to vector the flight into a left turn to return to the airport. Approximately two minutes later, the crew reported that they were unable to turn left, and ATC approved a right-hand turn instead. This was the last radio contact made by the crew. The crew lost control of the airplane and it struck a hill, right wing first, near Wanli, Taipei. The crash occurred at approximately 3:05 PM, at an altitude of 700 feet.[1] All five crewmembers died in the crash, and there were no injuries on the ground.

The subsequent investigation revealed that the number 3 engine and its pylon had separated from the airplane and struck the number 4 engine, breaking it off the wing as well.[1] A more detailed investigation revealed that the pylon midspar fittings, which attach the pylon to the lower portion of the wing front spar, had failed.[citation needed] The search for the number 3 engine and its pylon, which landed in the sea, took several months. Subsequently, Boeing recalled every 747 in use for pylon modifications.[citation needed]

The aircraft was the same one involved in the China Airlines Flight 334 hijacking on May 3, 1986.

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