The aircraft crashed on its third landing attempt in severe weather with a high vertical speed. The first landing attempt caused damage to the plane's hydraulic systems, landing gear, and flaps. The main warning, hydraulic system, and gear warnings all sounded. The crew decided on a go-around and warned the passengers to prepare for a crash landing. The aircraft skidded off the runway, broke into three pieces and caught fire, killing 33 passengers and 2 crew members."." The Boston Globe.
Cockpit voice recording
In June 2007, an audio recording reputed to be from China Southern Airlines Flight 3456 cockpit voice recorder was posted on a Chinese internet site. A 12-minute clip of the recording was uploaded to Youtube. According to the analysis of an expert at the Civil Aviation Administration of China, the probability that the recording is fake is extremely small..