Asiana Airlines 733
Accident Case Study
Photo: HL 7229, from Aviation Safety Network.
- Date: 26 JUL 1993
- Time: 15:48
- Type: Boeing 737-5L9
- Operator: Asiana Airlines
- Registration: HL7229
- Crew: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
- Passengers: Fatalities: 66 / Occupants: 110
- Total: Fatalities: 68 / Occupants: 116
- Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
- Location: 7 km (4.4 mls) from Mokpo Airport (MPK) (South Korea)
- Phase: Approach (APR)
- Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
- Departure airport: Seoul-Gimpo (Kimpo) International Airport (SEL/RKSS), South Korea
- Destination airport: Mokpo Airport (MPK/RKJM), South Korea
Asiana Flight 733 departed Seoul (SEL) at 14:37 for a flight to Mokpo (MPK). Weather was reported clear, but worsened fast to below minimums, with strong winds and heavy rain. After two missed approaches the pilot tried a third approach for runway 06.
The aircraft struck a ridge of the Mount Ungeo (1050 feet high) at 800 feet altitude. Mokpo Airport was only equipped with VOR/DME.
The weather was acceptable for the first two approaches but the pilot was unable to spot the runway so decided to attempt from the opposite direction. On that approach he flew well below minimums and struck a mountain four miles from the airport.