China’s Boeing 737 accidents and incidents


China’s Civil aviation authorities told domestic airlines on Monday to ground nearly 100 Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft, more than a quarter of the total in operation worldwide, after one of the planes operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed on Sunday.

All 157 people on board the aircraft from Addis Ababa to Nairobi died, including eight Chinese nationals, the Foreign Ministry said on Monday. The tragedy follows the crash of a Lion Air Max 8 plane that went down over the Java Sea in October, killing 189 people.

The 737 series is the best-selling commercial jetliner in history, with the first unit having first entered airline service in February 1968.

The following is a list of accidents and incidents involving the Boeing 737 family of jet airliners in China.

1.2 Xiamen Airlines Flight 8667

Aug 18, 2018, Xiamen Airlines Flight 8667

Boeing 737-800 operating XiamenAir Flight 8667, crash landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila and skidded off the runway while attempting to land at the airport.

While the crash had no fatalities, numerous flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport were suspended. The runway 06/24 was closed from the time of the incident until 05:00 am of 18 August 2018. (UTC +08). One of the engines of twin-engine 737-800 was torn off the plane.

The pilot of the airplane said that heavy rain obstructed his view of the runway, however transcripts between the air traffic controller and the crew do not indicate anything unusual.

2. China Airlines Flight 120

Aug 20, 2007, China Airlines Flight 120

China Airlines Flight 120 was a regularly scheduled flight from Taiwan Taoyuan International Airportin Taoyuan County (now Taoyuan City), Taiwan to Naha Airport in Okinawa, Japan.

On August 20, 2007, the Boeing 737-800 aircraft operating the flight caught fire and exploded after landing and taxiing to the gate area at Naha Airport. Four people (three from the aircraft and one ground crew) sustained injuries in the accident.

There were 157 passengers on board the aircraft, including 2 infants.

3. China Southern Boeing 737

May 8, 1997, China Southern Airlines Flight 3456

China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Chongqing to Shenzhen Huangtian Airport (now Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport), GuangdongChina. On May 8, 1997, the Boeing 737 performing this route crashed during the second attempt to land in a thunderstorm.

At 21:28:30, the aircraft skidded off the runway, broke into three pieces and caught on fire, killing 33 of 65 passengers and 2 of 9 crew members.


Nov 24, 1992, China Southern Airlines Flight 3943

China Southern Airlines Flight 3943 was a China Southern Airlines flight from the former Guangzhou Baiyun International AirportGuangzhou to Guilin Qifengling AirportGuilin, China on 24 November 1992. It crashed on descent to Guilin Airport, killing all 141 aboard.

It was the deadliest accident involving a Boeing 737-300 at the time, as well as the deadliest on Chinese soil. It is also the accident with the highest number of fatalities involving a China Southern Airlines aircraft.

5. 1990 Guangzhou Baiyun airport collisions

Oct 2, 1990, Guangzhou Baiyun airport collisions

On 2 October 1990, a hijacked Boeing 737, operating Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301, collided with two other aircraft on the runways of the old Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, while attempting to land. The hijacked aircraft struck a parked China Southwest Airlines Boeing 707 first, inflicting only minor damage, but then collided with China Southern Airlines Flight 2812, a Boeing 757 waiting to take off, flipping onto its back. A total of 128 people were killed, including seven of nine crew members and 75 of 93 passengers on Flight 8301 and 46 of 110 passengers on Flight 2812.

6. 远东航空103号班机

Aug 22, 1981, Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103

Far Eastern Air Transport Flight 103 was a flight from Taiwan Taipei Songshan Airport to Kaohsiung International Airport flight that crashed on 22 August 1981, killing all 110 people on board.

The Boeing 737-222 aircraft disintegrated in mid-air and crashed in Sanyi Township Miaoli County mountain Village double pit area. It is also called the Sanyi Air Disaster. The crash is the second-deadliest aviation accident in Taiwan, behind China Airlines Flight 676.


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