Books by George Cramoisi (Author of Air Crash Investigations Death in the Potomac the Crash of Air Florida Flight 90)
Air China Flight 129
The Boeing from Beijing was approaching Kimhae airport near Busan when it hit the mountainside near a residential area, police said. Officials confirmed at least people had died. Incredibly, 54 passengers survived the crash, although at least seven more died in hospital later - there were conflicting reports about survival and fatality figures. There were said to be 10 people still missing. Some dazed survivors had managed to walk alive from the wreckage down the mountainside looking for help.
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CA took off at local time, and soon after crashed into a hill near Busan at local time, while conducting a circling approach. Out of the people on board, only 37 survived the crash, which includes the captain and two flight attendants. With a crew led by a Captain with a total flying hours of approximately 7, hours, of which approximately 6, hours were on the B type, and accompanied by a first officer and a second officer, what could have caused the crash? A circling manouevre requires an aircraft to fly down to decision altitude DA for a precision approach, and minimum descent altitude MDA for non-precision approach, and if visual with the runway, turn left or right as instructed by the Air Traffic Controller, for a landing on the runway in use. In this case, CA was cleared for an approach on runway 36 to circle for runway