China Airlines Flight 140
was a route from Taipei
, Japan. On 26 April 1994, the Airbus A300
on the route was due to land at Nagoya Airport
. The Airbus A300
was completing a routine flight and approach, however just before landing, the First Officer pressed the Takeoff/Go-around button
(also known as a TO/GA) which raises the throttle position to the same as take offs and go-arounds.
Pilot Wang Lo-chi and copilot Chuang Meng-jung"." Houston Chronicle
. attempted to correct the situation by manually reducing the throttles and pushing the yoke
downwards. The autopilot then acted against these inputs (as it is programmed to do when the TO/GA button is activated), causing the plane to have a very nose-high attitude. This nose-high attitude, combined with decreasing airspeed due to insufficient thrust, resulted in an aerodynamic stall
of the aircraft. With insufficient altitude to recover from this condition, the subsequent crash killed 264 (15 crew and 249 passengers) of the 271 (15 crew and 256 passengers) people aboard. All passengers who survived the incident were seated at the starboard
side of the aircraft in coach class.
The crash which destroyed the aircraft (delivered less than 3 years earlier in 1991) was attributed to crew error for their failure to correct the controls as well as the airspeed. It is the second highest death toll of any incident involving an Airbus A300 anywhere in the world after Iran Air Flight 655
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