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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Date:Saturday 13 November 1993
Type:Silhouette image of generic MD82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-82 (MD-82)
Operator:China Northern Airlines
Registration: B-2141
MSN: 49849/1772
First flight: 1991
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-217A
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 92
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 102
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Urumqi Airport (URC) (   China)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beijing-Capital International Airport (PEK/ZBAA), China
Destination airport:Urumqi Airport (URC/ZWWW), China
Undershot runway 25 and struck wall with the rear fuselage 3 km short. The MD-82 then struck power lines and crashed into a field
PROBABLE CAUSE: Autopilot disconnected during the approach and re-engaged with the vertical speed mode at ca. 800 feet/min.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» Aviation Week & Space Technology 02.09.96 (143-144)
» KLM Flight Safety Bulletin Oct. 1994
» Scramble 176
» International Herald Tribune 16.11.1993 (p.2)


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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 Beijing-Capital International Airport to Urumqi Airport as the crow flies is 2413 km (1508 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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