Asiana Air Flight 733
(OZ733, AAR733) was an Asiana Airlines
passenger flight between Seoul
, South Korea
that crashed into Mt. Ungeo at 800 feet on July 26, 1993. The aircraft, a Boeing 737-5L9
with registration number HL7229, failed to land twice in bad weather and crashed on the third attempt, causing the deaths of 66 passengers and 2 crew; there were 38 survivors.
Many of the passengers consisted of families with children who planned to vacation in southern Korea for the summer holiday. The pilot, Hwan In-ki, died in the crash. Chung Jong-hwan, the director general of the Ministry of Transportation
, said that Hwan's actions caused the crash."." Associated Press
via The Intelligencer
. July 27, 1993. C-6. Retrieved on January 20, 2009.
Flight 733 had the highest death toll of any aviation accident in South Korea at that time. It was surpassed by Air China Flight 129
, which crashed on April 15, 2002 with 129 fatalities. It was also the highest death toll of any accident involving a Boeing 737-500 at that time, but was surpassed on September 14, 2008 by the 88 who died in the crash of Aeroflot Flight 821