- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: April 26, 1994
Time: 20:16
Location: Near Komaki, Aichi, Japan
Operator: China Airlines (Taiwan)
Flight #: 140
Route: Taipei - Nagoya
AC Type: Airbus A300B4-622R
Registration: B-1816
cn / ln: 580
Aboard: 271   (passengers:256  crew:15)
Fatalities: 264   (passengers:249  crew:15)
Ground: 0
Summary: While on ILS approach to Nagoya Airport, at an altitude of 1,000 feet, the first officer inadvertently triggered the TOGA (take-off-go-around) lever. The crew tried to override this situation by turning off the autothrottle and reducing air speed. The aircraft stalled, hit the runway tail first and burst into flames. The plane crashed because of an extreme out of trim configuration brought about by the fact that the tailplane setting had moved automatically and undetected to a maximum nose-up position. The plane climbed at a steep angle until it stalled. The crew could have saved the aircraft even in the final seconds had they reverted to basic flight procedures and switched off the autopilot.
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