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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Datum:Freitag 30 Juni 1967
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic S210 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III
Fluggesellschaft:Thai Airways International
Kennzeichen: HS-TGI
Werknummer: 25
Baujahr: 1960-02-25 (7 years 4 months)
Triebwerk: 2 Rolls-Royce Avon 527
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 24 / Insassen: 73
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 24 / Insassen: 80
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:1.2 km (0.8 Meilen) SE vom Land entfernt von Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG) (   Hong Kong)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Taipei-Songshan Airport (TSA/RCSS), Taiwan
Flug nach:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH),
Flugnummer: 601
The aircraft was making an ILS approach to runway 31 during a heavy rainstorm. The captain was busy seeking visual contact with the ground and didn't notice the descend through the minimum altitude of 415 feet. The co-pilot, who was flying the aircraft, made an abrupt heading change (while already 80 feet below the glide slope) and was possibly caught by downdraft, causing the aircraft to enter a high rate of descent and a crash into the sea short of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "a) The pilots did not adhere to the Thai Airways procedure for a 'captain monitored' approach in bad visibility; b) The captain did not monitor the approach adequately; c) The co-pilot mishandled the aircraft after descending below minimum altitude; downdrafts may be contributed to the height loss which resulted from this mishandling."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAD Hong Kong
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Accident number: -
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume II (179-200)


photo of Caravelle-III-
photo of Caravelle-III-HS-TGI
accident date: 30-06-1967
type: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle III
registration: HS-TGI

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 Taipei-Songshan Airport to Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport as the crow flies is 804 km (502 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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