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Last updated: 26 September 2018
Status:Final
Date:Friday 21 March 2003
Time:22:35
Type:Silhouette image of generic A321 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A321-131
Operator:TransAsia Airways
Registration: B-22603
C/n / msn: 602
First flight: 1996
Total airframe hrs:13516
Cycles:18580
Engines: 2 IAE V2530-A5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 169
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 175
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Tainan Airport (TNN) (   Taiwan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
Destination airport:Tainan Airport (TNN/RCNN), Taiwan
Flightnumber:GE543
Narrative:
TransAsia Airways Flight 543 from Taipei squashed a utility vehicle on runway 36R as it landed at Tainan Airport in southern Taiwan, injuring two construction workers. The aircraft fuselage sustained severe damage.

Probable Cause:

The Aviation Safety Council has determined that the findings related to probable cause of the crash of GE543 was due to inadequate planning and implementation in airport construction safety procedures by both the CAA and the military authority, inadequacy in landing approval when exceeding the curfew hour, insufficient cooperation and coordination between the CAA and the military base authorities prior to construction work, lack of awareness to a lit runway when entering an active runway without acknowledging the tower controllers.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: ASC
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 7 months
Accident number: ASC-AOR-04-10-001
Download report: Final report

Classification:

Sources:
» Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan


Follow-up / safety actions
The Taiwanese ASC issued two safety recommendations on April 10, 2003:

1. Ensure the NOTAMs are issued according to the associated regulations to notify the airline operators, the pilots, the airport flight operations officers and the air traffic controllers regarding the construction status of the airfield operating area.

2. Review airfield construction safety operating management procedures and modify as necessary to ensure that air traffic controllers can monitor and firmly control the movements of the construction workers, the vehicles and the equipments prior to entering runways and taxiways.

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Distance from Taipei-Songshan Airport to Tainan Airport as the crow flies is 271 km (169 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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