On 31 October 2000, at 23,17 Taipei local time, the Boeing 747-412 operating the flight attempted to take off from the wrong runway at Chiang Kai-shek International Airport during a typhoon. The aircraft crashed into construction equipment on the runway, killing 83 of the 179 occupants aboard, as of 2014, the accident is the third-deadliest on Taiwanese soil. It is also the first Singapore Airlines crash to result in fatalities, the aircraft involved in the accident was a Boeing 747-412, registered as 9V-SPK with manufacturers serial number 28023, powered by four Pratt & Whitney PW4056 engines. It was the 1099th Boeing 747 built and had delivered to Singapore Airlines on 21 January 1997. It had its last maintenance check on 16 September 2000, and had no defects, the captain of the flight was Foong Chee Kong. He was an experienced pilot with more than 11,200 hours of total flying time to his credit. He was considered a competent, above-average pilot and had logged just over 2,000 hours in Boeing 747-400 aircraft and his first officer was Latiff Cyrano, who had more than 2,400 total flight hours. The third member of the crew was relief pilot Ng Kheng Leng and he had approximately 5,500 total flight hours. At 15,00 UTC,23,00 Taipei local time on 31 October 2000, at 23,05,57, ground control cleared the aircraft to taxi to runway 05L via taxiway Sierra Sierra West Cross and November Papa. At 23,15,22, the aircraft was cleared for takeoff on runway 05L, many carriers in Southeast and East Asia take off during inclement weather. After a six-second hold, at 23,16,36, the captain correctly heard that he needed to take off at 05L, but he turned 215 metres too soon and lined up with 05R. The airport was not equipped with ASDE, a radar which allows the airport controllers to monitor aircraft movements on the ground. In addition, the runway contained concrete Jersey barriers and pits, about 41 seconds later, the aircraft collided with the machinery and broke into pieces. The fuselage was torn in two, and the engines and landing gear separated, a crane tore the left wing from the aircraft, forcing the jet back onto the ground. The nose struck a scoop loader, a large fire followed, destroying the forward section of the fuselage and the wings. 79 of 159 passengers and 4 of 20 crew members died in the accident, many of the dead were seated in the middle section of the aircraft, the fuel stored in the wings exploded and sent balls of flame through that section. At 23,17,36, the bell sounded. 41 fire fighting vehicles,58 ambulances,9 lighting units, chemical extinguishing agents rained on the aircraft at about three minutes after the impact
9V-SPK, the aircraft involved in the accident, in May 2000.
Rescuers retrieving a casualty from the wreckage.
SQ006 9V-SPK; the broken off tail section of the aircraft.
9V-SPL, the sister aircraft of 9V-SPK, still wearing tropical livery in November 2000