ASN Aircraft accident Douglas C-47A-10-DK (DC-3D) B-309 Mt. Paku
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Date:Thursday 2 January 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-10-DK (DC-3D)
Operator:China Airlines
Registration: B-309
MSN: 12541
First flight: 1944
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 19
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 24
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mt. Paku (   Taiwan)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Taitung Airport (TTT/RCFN), Taiwan
Destination airport:Kaohsiung International Airport (KHH/RCKH), Taiwan
Flightnumber: 227
The DC-3 departed Taitung at 19:54 for the last leg of a Kaohsiung-Taitung-Hualien vv. roundtrip. The aircraft didn't arrive at Kaohsiung and it appeared that the aircraft had struck the Mount Paku mountainside at 6420 feet. The wreckage was found at 18:55 the day after.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft, while flying in a downdraft of the mountain area, suddenly met with turbulence and a down current so that its altitude abruptly dropped and it hit the trees and crashed."

Loss of control


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Distance from Taitung Airport to Kaohsiung International Airport as the crow flies is 79 km (49 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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