Tokyo: China Airlines Typhoon Crash
What: China Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-11 en route from Bangkok to Hong Kong
Where: Hong Kong
When: August 23, 1999
Who: 3 fatalities, 208 uninjured; 44 serious, 164 minor
Why: Summary: On August 23, 1999 at approximately 1840 local time (+12 hours), a China Airlines flight 642 # B-150 McDonnell Douglas MD-11 crashed during a landing approach to the Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok airport. The plane, which was landing during a typhoon, touched down hard, flipped over and caught fire. The right wing struck the ground first, and the landing gear and wing separated as the aircraft rolled inverted. 200 of the 317 passengers were injured and the aircraft was destroyed by impact.