Friday, September 12, 2008

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (former)

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport or Pai Yuen Airport was the main airport in Guangzhou, People's Republic of China, until August 5, 2004, when it was replaced by the identically named Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, some 17 kilometers north away. The airport was opened in 1932. "Baiyun" means "white clouds" in Chinese. The airport got this name as it was located beside the Baiyun Mountain.

Incidents and accidents

On October 2, 1990, Xiamen Airlines Flight 8301 from Xiamen to Guangzhou, a jetliner, hijacked shortly after took off from Xiamen, landed at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, sideswiped a China Southwest Airlines Boeing 707, and crashed into a China Southern Airlines Boeing 757, caused a total of 128 fatalies. The three other aircraft in the apron were destroyed. See 1990 People's Republic of China airliner collision.

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