MD 90 plane crashes
The following are significant events involving the aircraft model. The numbered events are those involving at least one passenger death where the aircraft flight had a direct or indirect role, and where at least one of the dead passengers was not a stowaway, hijacker, or saboteur.
- 24 August 1999; Uni Air MD90-30; Flight 873; Hualien, Taiwan:
The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight from Taipei to Hualien, Taiwan.
A fire broke out in one of the overhead baggage compartments shortly after landing. The fire was caused by two gasoline filled plastic bottles which leaked and caught fire due to a short circuit in a battery that was also in the overhead baggage compartment. The upper fuselage was destroyed by the fire.
All six crew members survived, but one of the 62 passengers was killed.
There were 27 other passenger injuries, 13 of them serious.
Safety and security advice about batteries
Final Report from Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council
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