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World - Asia/Pacific

Visions of China

Sunday's Hong Kong crash fourth accident in past decade

Air safety

August 22, 1999
Web posted at: 6:38 p.m. EDT (2238 GMT)

August 22, 1999

HONG KONG (Reuters) -- Sunday's crash of a Taiwanese China Airlines MD-11 with 315 people aboard was one of the most serious accidents in Hong Kong aviation history.

The crash, which killed two people, was the first accident to claim lives or cause injuries at the new airport at Chek Lap Kok, which opened in July 1998.

Following is a list of Hong Kong's aircraft accidents in the past decade. The first happened at Chek Lap Kok, the rest at Hong Kong's single-runway Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, which was retired last year after 73 years of service:

  • July 17, 1998: An automated plane guidance system was shut down by the Hong Kong Airport after a Cathay Pacific Airways plane hit a passenger airbridge. Both the plane and bridge were damaged, but no one aboard was hurt.

  • September 23, 1994: A C-130 Hercules which had repatriated a group of boat people to Vietnam veered off Kai Tak's runway on takeoff and crashed into Victoria Harbour. Six crew members died and four were seriously injured.

  • November 4, 1993: A China Airlines Boeing 747-400 skidded off the Kai Tak runway into Victoria Harbour on landing. Only a handful of the 296 people on board the plane received slight injuries.

  • August 31, 1988: A Civil Aviation Administration of China Hawker-Siddeley Trident jet, with 89 passengers and crew on board, skidded off the runway when landing from Guangzhou. Seven people were killed.

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