China Airlines Flight 358
was a Boeing 747-2R7F
freighter plane that crashed on December 29, 1991 shortly after takeoff from Chiang Kai-shek International Airport
. The aircraft was a 747, registration B-198, that had been in service for 11 years, 3 months
Several minutes after takeoff, the crew reported problems with the #2 engine, prompting Taipei air traffic control (ATC) to vector the flight into a left turn to return to the airport. Approximately two minutes later, the crew reported that they were unable to turn left, and ATC approved right-hand turn instead. This was the last radio contact made by the crew. The crew lost control of the airplane and it struck a hill, right wing first, near Wanli, Taipei
. The crash occurred at approximately 3:05 PM, at an altitude of 700 feet. All five crewmembers died in the crash, and there were no injuries on the ground.
The subsequent investigation revealed that the #3 engine and its pylon had separated from the airplane and struck the #4 engine, breaking it off the wing as well. A more detailed investigation revealed that the pylon midspar... Read More