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Accident description
Last updated: 10 December 2017
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Saturday 1 October 2016
Type:Silhouette image of generic A332 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Airbus A330-302
Operator:China Airlines
Registration: B-18307
C/n / msn: 691
First flight: 2005-08-18 (11 years 2 months)
Engines: 2 General Electric CF6-80E1A4
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 124
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE) (   Taiwan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Destination airport:Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport (TPE/RCTP), Taiwan
China Airlines flight CI704, an Airbus A330-302, was damaged in a tail strike occurrence during landing at Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport.
The aircraft departed Manila Airport, Philippines at 09:33 UTC (17:33 LT). At 11:28 UTC (19:28 LT) the aircraft touched down on runway 23 at Taoyuan International Airport. The flight crew decided to execute a go around and rotated the aircraft, at which time the aircraft suffered a tail strike. Due to changing weather circumstances the airport changed the active runway to 05R. Meanwhile the flight had entered a holding at 4100 feet.
The flight was cleared for an approach to runway 05R and at 19:44 LT the flight crew declared an emergency (PAN PAN PAN).
At 19:59 the aircraft landed on runway 05R. After the aircraft landed the flight operation department of Taoyuan Airport carried out a runway inspection of runway 23, finding strike marks and aircraft debris. It was then decided to close the runway. The belly structure of the aircraft suffered skin damage.


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METAR Weather report:
11:00 UTC / 19:00 local time:
RCTP 011100Z 36004KT 9999 FEW016 BKN030 28/25 Q1010 NOSIG RMK A2984

12:00 UTC / 20:00 local time:
RCTP 011200Z 03005KT 9999 FEW016 SCT050 27/23 Q1010 NOSIG RMK A2985


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Manila-Ninoy Aquino International Airport to Taipei-Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport as the crow flies is 1169 km (731 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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