Date & Time: Dec 24, 1982 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Lanzhou – Xi’an – Changsha – Guangzhou
189 0014 01
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
On approach to Guangzhou-Baiyun Airport, smoke spread in the cabin and a fire erupted. The cabin crew attempted to extinguish the fire but without success. Oxygen masks were deployed and the pilot-in-command was able to continue the approach and to land. After touchdown, the four engine airplane was stopped as quick as possible and rescue teams were able to evacuate 44 people, some of them wounded. 25 passengers died by asphyxia. The aircraft was partially destroyed by fire.
It is believed that the fire was the consequence of a passenger that throw his cigarette near an oxygen tank located in the rear of the cabin.