Date & Time: Mar 14, 1979 at 0852 LT
Type of aircraft:
Hawker Siddeley HS.121 Trident
Beijing - Beijing
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The crew departed Beijing-Xijiao Airport for a local training mission. Shortly after takeoff, while in initial climb, the three engine airplane lost height and crashed in a huge explosion into a factory located near the airport. All 12 occupants as well as at least 180 people in the factory were killed.
It was reported that the pilot-in-command has limited experience and was not familiar with this type of aircraft.