China Eastern Airlines Flight 5398

China Eastern Airlines Flight 5398 (MU5398) was a McDonnell Douglas MD-82 airliner from Shenzhen's Bao'an International Airport to Fuzhou Yixu Airport in Fujian. On 26 October 1993, it crashed on approach to Fuzhou Yixu Airport. The aircraft overran the runway while landing in heavy rain and high winds. Two of the 80 passengers and crew on board were killed.[1]

China Eastern Airlines Flight 5398
CAAC MD-82; B-2103@HKG, February 1986 BQE (4847993765).jpg
The aircraft involved in the accident in CAAC colors, seen in Hong Kong in February 1986.
Date26 October 1993
SummaryCrashed during approach due to bad weather conditions and pilot error
SiteFuzhou Yixu Airport, Fuzhou, Fujian, China
Aircraft typeMcDonnell Douglas MD-82
OperatorChina Eastern Airlines
Flight originShenzhen Bao'an International Airport
DestinationFuzhou Yixu Airport

Event summaryEdit

On October 26, 1993, 11:50am, Flight MU5398 took off from Shenzhen airport and scheduled to land 12:50pm at Fuzhou airport. At 12:32pm, the crew contacted tower in Fuzhou airport preparing for landing. It was raining at the time, and the visibility was 4 km. The crew began the approach despite the poor visibility, resulting in a severe deviation to the right of the runway. The crew did not abort the landing and initiate a go-around, but tried to correct the course while continuing to descend. Only 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) from the runway, and only 20 metres (66 ft) above the ground, did the crew decide to go around. The aircraft kept losing altitude, and its tail struck the runway before the aircraft overran and stopped at a pond. The fuselage broke into 3 pieces. Two people were killed and ten more injured.[2]

Later investigation revealed that the crew of Flight MU5398 violated the approaching protocol at Fuzhou airport, and did not cooperate well with the air traffic controller. The cause of the accident was ruled to be pilot error.[2]

After the eventEdit

China Eastern Airlines continues to use Flight number MU5398, but it has changed to the route from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport to Shanghai Pudong International Airport via Wenzhou Longwan International Airport, served by the Boeing 737.[3]

Fuzhou Yixu Airport was built in 1944 as a military airport. From 1974 it served for both civilian and military use, and was served by many domestic and international airlines. Due to the runway length and the increasing air traffic, a new civilian airport was proposed in 1991. On June 23, 1997, Fuzhou Changle International Airport opened for operation. Fuzhou Yixu Airport returned to military use only.[4]

Registration number B-2103 was later assigned to a McDonnell Douglas MD-90 aircraft in 2000, operated by China Northern Airlines. It continued to operate for China Southern Airlines when China Northern merged with China Southern in 2002. In November 2010, this MD-90 was sold to Delta Air Lines as N965DN. It continued to operate with Delta Air Lines until July 2018, when the aircraft was then withdrawn from use and stored at San Bernardino International Airport. It was eventually broken up in 2020.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ China Eastern Airlines Flight 5398
  2. ^ a b 中国东方航空齐鲁有限公司“10.26”空难事故. (in Chinese (China)). October 2008. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  3. ^ 中国东方航空公司 (MU) #5398 (in Simplified Chinese). FlightAware. 2013-09-16. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-26.
  4. ^ Cao, Hui (November 2007). 福州市旅游生态足迹动态 [The dynamic change on tourist ecological footprint of Fuzhou City, Fujian Province]. ACTA Ecology Sinica. 27 (11).
  5. ^ "N965DN Delta Air Lines McDonnell Douglas MD-90". Archived from the original on 2022-02-24. Retrieved 2022-02-24.

Coordinates: 26°00′16″N 119°18′45″E / 26.00444°N 119.31250°E / 26.00444; 119.31250