China Southern plane crashes

The following are significant events involving the airline or its subsidiares. The numbered events are those involving at least one airline 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. The airline began service in 1989, and subsequently absorbed several other Chinese airlines, including Zhongyuan in 2000, Xinjiang in 2001, and China Northern Airlines in 2003.

  1. 2 October 1990; China Southern Airlines 757-200; B2812; flight Guangzhou Airport, China: The aircraft was awaiting takeoff clearance for a scheduled domestic flight to Shanghai, when the 757 was struck on the ground by a hijacked Xiamen Airlines 737-200. The Xiamen aircraft (B2510, flight 8301) had been hijacked, and the captain was attempting to make an emergency landing at Guangzhou. There was a struggle in the cockpit of the Xiamen aircraft during the latter part of the approach, which caused the aircraft to depart the runway and hit a China Southwest 707 prior to hitting the China Southern 757.

    All 12 crew members survived, but 46 of the 110 passengers were killed on the China Southern 757. On the Xiamen 737, seven of the nine crew members, as well as 74 of the 93 passengers, were killed in the crash. The hijacker was killed in the crash. No one on the China Southwest 707 was killed.

  2. 24 November 1992; China Southern Airlines 737-300; B2523; flight 3943; Guangzhou, China: The aircraft was on an unscheduled domestic flight from Guangzhou to Guilin, China. During the approach to Guilin, the aircraft experienced an asymmetrical thrust condition that was not corrected by the crew. The aircraft rolled to right, and the crew was unable to regain control before the aircraft impacted hit the ground. All 10 crew members and 131 passengers were killed.
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  3. 8 May 1997; China Southern Airlines 737-300; B2925; flight 3456; Shenzhen, China: The aircraft had a hard landing at night during a heavy rainstorm at Shenzhen-Huangtian airport after a scheduled domestic flight from Chongqing. The crew attempted to land a second time, but the aircraft landed at high speed, veered off the runway, and caught fire. Two of the nine crew members and 33 of the 65 passengers were killed.
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China Northern plane crashes -- Revised: 16 July 2015