Date: August 22, 1999
Location: Hong Kong, China
Aircraft: McDonnell Douglas MD-11
Reg: B-150
Airline: China Airlines
Flight No: 642
Fatalities: 315 : 3

While making a landing in strong winds and rain, the pilot-in-command disconnected the autopilot but left the autothrottle engaged. The aircraft, with a weight close to the maximum landing weight permitted, stabilized slightly low on the glideslope. An attempt was made to flare but the aircraft landed hard on its right landing gear and the No.3 engine touched the runway. The right main landing gear and right wing separated. The MD-11 then inverted and skidded off the runway in flames.