ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-3Y0 B-2523 Guilin Airport (KWL)
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Status:Accident Investigation report not yet completed, but information verified through authorities or other sources.
Date:Tuesday 24 November 1992
Type:Silhouette image of generic B733 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 737-3Y0
Operator:China Southern Airlines
Registration: B-2523
MSN: 24913/2052
First flight: 1991-05-10 (1 year 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:4165
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-3B1
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 131 / Occupants: 131
Total:Fatalities: 141 / Occupants: 141
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:20 km (12.5 mls) S of Guilin Airport (KWL) (   China)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport (CAN/ZGGG), China
Destination airport:Guilin-Qifengling Airport (KWL/ZGKL), China
China Southern flight 3943 departed Guangzhou at 07:17 hours on a domestic flight to Guilin, China. The descent towards Guilin was carried out with autothrottle engaged. During the visual approach to runway 36, at an altitude of about 7000 feet, the captain attempted to level off the plane by raising the nose of the airplane. The autothrottle responded by advancing the throttles. The no. 2 power lever however remained at idle. The crew apparently did not notice this. With the no. 2 engine at idle, the autothrottle further advanced the no. 1 power lever in order to obtain the correct airspeed. The asymmetrical power condition was not corrected and the airplane rolled to the right. Control was lost and the airplane impacted terrain near Liutang.


Loss of control

» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 217)
» Flight International 2-8 December 1992 (p.5)
» ICAO Summary 4/94 (#37)


photo of Boeing-737-3Y0-B-2523
accident date: 24-11-1992
type: Boeing 737-3Y0
registration: B-2523

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 Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport to Guilin-Qifengling Airport as the crow flies is 371 km (232 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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