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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Friday 21 March 2003
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
Engines: 2 IAE V2530-A5
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 169
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 175
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Tainan Airport (TNN) (   Taiwan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taipei-Sung Shan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
Destination airport:Tainan Airport (TNN/RCNN), Taiwan
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.

» 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-Sung Shan 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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