Taiwan Plane Crash Part 7: Pilot’s lack of sudden power loss training caused crash

BY CHARL BOSCH - JULY 2, 2015

Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council (ASC) has attributed the dramatic downing of TransAsia Airways Flight G235 in February to pilot error.

In tabling its findings, officials found that Captain Liao Jian-zong had shut down the only remaining engine of then 10-month old ATR 72-600, after the second unit lost power 37 seconds into the journey from the county’s main Sung Shan airport, to the island of Kinmen.

It was also found that he had no knowledge of the how to respond when a plane suddenly loses power, having failing a simulation test nine months before. The findings further revealed that he was known to forego certain procedures and checks, while his cockpit and flight management procedures was described as “left wanting”

Data retrieved from the ATR’s cockpit and voice recorders found that Liao’s attempts to restart the engine, after realising his mistake, came too late as it had already stalled.

Moments later, an in-car dash cam captured the plane descending rapidly over a high rise, after which it banks left, hits the roof of a taxi and clipping a bridge railing, before cartwheeling into the Keelung River. A reported 43 out of the 58 people on-board were killed, while ASC also suspended 55 TransAsia pilots due to less than satisfactory oral proficiency test results.

 

IMAGE sourced from www.aljazeera.com

 

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