Taiwan Plane Crash Part 4: Passenger sensed engine problems before take-off

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 6, 2015

A survivor of the doomed TransAsia plane that crashed into a river after taking off from an airport in the Taiwanese capital Taipei on Wednesday, has told local media that he suspected problems after hearing the engines start-up.

“There was some sound next to me. It did not feel right shortly after takeoff. The engine did not feel right,” 72-year old Huang Jin-sun told ETTV television in an interview from hospital.

A reported 32 people have been killed with 11 still missing after the 10-month old ATR 72-600 cartwheeled over a motorway and a clipped a bridge before crashing into the Keelung River shortly after taking off from Taipei’s Sung Shan airport on-route to the island of Kinmen.

It has since emerged that a mayday call had been received by the control tower moments before Flight GE235 banked left and smashed into a taxi before careening off the bridge. The plane’s final moments was caught on an in-car dash cam which was later posted onto twitter.

Meanwhile, Reuters reports that the body of the plane’s pilot, identified as 42-year old Liao Chien-tsung, had been found in the cockpit still holding the joystick.

“This accident is a tragedy, but we must thank the pilot who did his best,” Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je said in a news conference yesterday.

 

CAPTION: News footage of the dash-cam images showing the crash of TransAsia Flight GE235. IMAGE sourced from nypost.com

 

 

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