2006 People's Liberation Army Air Force KJ-200 crash

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2006 People's Liberation Army Air Force KJ-200 crash
PLAAF Shaanxi Y-8 - KJ200.jpg
A People's Liberation Army Air Force KJ-200 similar to the aircraft involved in the incident.
Accident summary
Date June 3, 2006 (2006-06-03)
Summary Poor weather conditions
Site Guangde County, Anhui, China
Passengers 35
Crew 5
Fatalities 40
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Survivors 0
Aircraft type KJ-200
Operator People's Liberation Army Air Force

On June 3, 2006, a People's Liberation Army Air Force KJ-200 crashed in Guangde County, Anhui Province, China.[1][2] All 40 people on board were killed.

Background[edit]

The aircraft involved was a PRC-produced Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) plane, one of four that were part of the country's efforts to expand its air defences.[2] The exact model of aircraft involved was never officially identified, although it is believed to have been a KJ-200.[2][3][4][5][6] The aircraft had been developed in 2002, and have been undergoing extensive tests since then.[7]

The plane was carrying thirty-five electronics and avionics technicians, as well as five crewmembers.[2] It is believed by aviation experts that the large number of people on board the aircraft indicated that some form of test was being conducted. Carrying such a large number of people allowed the plane to avoid transmitting real time data back to the ground, which could be compromised by foreign intelligence services.[2]

Crash[edit]

The aircraft flew into a hillside, killing all on board.[2] It was one of the worst disasters in the history of the Chinese air force.[2]

Investigation[edit]

The Central Military Commission announced of the investigation result on September 7, 2006. The official explanation was that the accident was due to heavy ice formation on the wings after the aircraft made repeated passes in and out of clouds in bad weather. The announcement also declared that nearly a dozen high-ranking military officers were punished, including:

  • Jiang Jianzeng, commander of the Nanjing Military Region Air Force (MRAF) and deputy commander of the Nanjing Military Region (MR), was censured.
  • Wang Wei (王伟), political commissar of the Nanjing MRAF and deputy political commissar of the Nanjing MR, was censured.
  • Yue Liu'an (岳留安), deputy minister of equipment of the PLA Air Force, was censured.
  • Guo Chunguang (郭春广), deputy chief-of-staff of the Nanjing MRAF, was demoted.
  • Zhang Guangjian (张广建), a regimental commander of the Nanjing MRAF, was removed from his post.
  • At least six more military officers were also punished.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ China speeds production of AEW&C aircraft - Jane's - Obtained April 29, 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Kahn, Joseph (June 6, 2006). "China's bid to expand air defense takes hit". International Herald Tribune. Retrieved May 12, 2015. 
  3. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network
  4. ^ "Sinodefence". Sinodefence. 2006-06-08. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  5. ^ Jane's Defence Archived December 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Air and Space Power". Airpower.maxwell.af.mil. Retrieved 2012-09-01. 
  7. ^ Chinese Crash An AWACS? - Forecast International - Obtained April 29, 2007.