Transasia Crash Pilot Turned Off Engine In Error

Flight safety officials said the pilot of TransAsia flight GE235 accidentally switched off the ATR72-600’s only working engine moments before the crash in February which resulted in the death of 43 people.

A preliminary investigation by Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council yesterday (July 2) said that shortly after take-off, a sensor connector in the ATR’s engine failed and placed it into a mode which cut power to the aircraft.

Thomas Wang, executive director of Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council, said that Captain Liao Jian-zong, who died in the crash, then mistakenly pulled back on the throttle to the aircraft’s other engine.

Wang also confirmed that Liao had failed a simulator training test in May last year before passing the following month.

 

TAGS: Asia Pacific
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