Taiwan Plane Crash Part 6: Pilots fail test

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 11, 2015

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration has confirmed that ten TransAsia pilots had failed an emergency oral proficiency test while a further 19 failed to take part due to sick leave or being abroad.

The latest report comes a week after an ATR 72-600 turboprop cartwheeled over a highway before careening into a river shortly after taking off from the country’s Sung Shan airport in the capital Taipei, on-route to the island of Kinmen. A reported 42 out of the 58 passengers on-board Flight G235 are believed to have been killed with a further one being unaccounted for.

Preliminary findings showed that the twin-engine plane lost power minutes after take-off, and that the pilot’s decision to cut fuel to the second working engine, left the 10-month old ATR without power. The plane’s final moments were captured on an in-car dash cam and showed it turning sideways before clipping a taxi and then the bridge railing as it plunged into the Keelung River.

It has since been reported that the airline had paid out a compensation amount of $470 000 (R5 546 000) for each of the victims and that most of its domestic flights involving ATR’s had been grounded.

 

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