Date & Time: Feb 24, 1969 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Handley Page HPR-7 Dart Herald
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Kaohsiung - Taipei
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
After takeoff from Kaohsiung Airport, while climbing, the crew encountered technical problems with the right engine. The captain informed ground about his situation and was cleared to return for a safe landing. He quickly realized he could not make it so he reduced his altitude and attempted and emergency landing. While flying a low height over a dense wooded area, the airplane went out of control and eventually crashed in flames in an open field located near Tainan. The aircraft was totally destroyed and all 36 occupants were killed. The aircraft crashed 12 minutes after its takeoff from Kaohsiung Airport, bound for Taipei-Songshan Airport.
It is believed that the right engine failed in flight. For undetermined reason, the crew was unable to feather the propeller that was windmilling, causing high drag and the loss of control.