Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 104

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Far Eastern Transport Flight 104
Janus Airways Handley Page Herald at Basle Airport - April 1984.jpg
A Handley Page Dart Herald similar to the aircraft which crashed.
Date24 February 1969
SummaryEngine failure
Sitenear Tainan City, Taiwan
Aircraft typeHandley Page Dart Herald
OperatorFar Eastern Air Transport
Flight originKaohsiung International Airport
DestinationTaipei Songshan Airport

Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 104 was a short-haul flight from Kaohsiung International Airport to Taipei Songshan Airport, Taiwan using a Handley Page Dart Herald aircraft that crashed on 24 February 1969 upon its approach for an emergency landing in Tainan Airport in Taiwan.


  • Aircraft model: Handley Page Dart Herald
  • Manufacturing serial number (msn): 157
  • Registration: B-2009


On February 24, 1969, the B-2009 aircraft carried out the FE104 flight that ended the Spring Festival holiday and flew from Kaohsiung International Airport to Taipei Songshan Airport. The flight took off at 12:03 pm, after a 13-minute delay from 11:50 am. Ten minutes after take-off, the captain told the Tainan Airport Tower that an engine failure had occurred. The aircraft's port-side engine had failed, leaving its propeller windmilling and the aircraft in a shallow descent. The flight crew decided to divert to Tainan Airport in Tainan City. Moments after receiving clearance for an emergency landing, however, the aircraft passed over a wooded area, belly-landed in a small clearing and skidded into a creek. The aircraft broke into three parts and caught fire, killing all on board.


The right engine had been severely damaged, causing the aircraft to quickly lose altitude.