Some airlines have amazing safety records, other are known for service, still others aren’t really known for either. That’s China Airlines niche, recently they have taken to the practice of painting over their airline’s logo before the melted wreckage has even cooled.
Actual Crash Scene Photos
We decided that because of China Airlines quick work with paint they deserved some airline names painted in to make up for their lack of publicity. Any publicity is supposed to be good right?
Crash Scene Photos with China Airlines Name Photoshopped in
But since 1970, China Air has been the unlucky recipient of disasters like these:
August 1970: China Airlines YS11 is on final approach in bad weather into Taipei when the plane hits a ridge 800 meters from the runway. Two of the five crew members and 12 of the 26 passengers die.
November 1971; China Airlines Caravelle is believed to have been destroyed by a bomb over the Formosa Strait. All 17 passengers and eight crew members are killed.
February 1980; China Airlines 707-300 is on final approach into Manila Airport in a “steep and unstablized approach,” lands hard short of the runway, rips off two engines and parts of a wing. Two of 122 passengers are killed.
February 1986; China Airlines 737-200 touches down but aborts landing in the Pescadores Islands, Taiwan. All six passengers and seven crew members are killed in the attempt to go around.
October 1989: China Airlines 737-200 hits cloud-shrouded high ground at 2130 meters in “incorrect takeoff procedure” near Hualien, Taiwan. All seven crew members and 49 passengers are killed.
April 1994; China Airlines A300-600 stalls and crashes due to crew errors during approach to Nagoya, Japan. All 15 crew and 249 of the 264 passengers are killed.
February 1998; China Airlines A300-600 crashes into a residential area in Taoyuan short of the runway during a second landing attempt in bad weather. All 15 crew and 182 passengers plus seven persons on the ground are killed.
August 1999; China Airlines MD11 drags a wing and crashes at Chek Lap Kok in Hong Kong during an attempt to land in a typhoon. The aircraft comes to rest upside down and on fire. Three of the 300 passengers are killed.
May 2002. China Airlines 747-200 breaks up in flight near the Penghu Islands, Taiwan about 20 minutes into a flight from Taipei to Hong Kong while the aircraft was just above 30,000 feet. No distress signal or other communication was received prior to the crash that killed all 19 crew members and 206 passengers.
There have been lesser incidents. In 1985, a Boeing 747 went out of control, recovered, and managed an emergency landing at San Francisco International Airport. In 1993, another China Air 747 touched down more than two thirds of the way down the runway at Hong Kong’s old Kai Tak Airport and ended up in the water. All 396 aboard lived to tell about it. In 2002, a China Air flight took off from a taxiway in Alaska, nicked an embankment on the way out and damaged its landing gear, although it was able to land safely.
Several factors contributed to the problems. Heavy maintenance for several years was contracted to a shadowy firm in Tainan that had formerly belonged to the US Central Intelligence Agency. Also, the airline’s pilots were largely drawn from the ranks of the republic’s air force, and they tended to fly like air force pilots, taking chances they needn’t take.