TransAsia black box reveals engine failure

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By admin February 9, 2015 22:16

TransAsia black box reveals engine failure

TransAsia flight GE235, which crashed into a river in Taipei, killing 35 people, failed to produce enough thrust after take-off, authorities announced last week. Data from the recovered Black Box data and voice recorder reveal that one engine was turned off and restarted. The aircraft, powered by two Pratt & Whitney PW127M engines, showed a warning of the right engine stalling showing five times before the crash. The right engine entered a state called “auto-feather”, in which it reduced thrust to the propeller. The flight crew then reduced acceleration to the left engine and then attempted to restart it, but it did not gain enough thrust.

The pilot, Liao Chien-tsung, has been praised by Taipei’s mayor for steering the plane between apartment blocks and commercial buildings before ditching the stalled aircraft in a river.

Some 15 people survived and four are still missing.

TransAsia Airways has cancelled 90 flights so that its pilots can take proficiency tests following the ruling from Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) to retrain all TransAsia pilots flying its ATR fleet.

In a statement TransAsia Airways said: “All 71 ATR pilots will take part in proficiency tests carried out by the CAA and third-party professionals for an estimated four days.”
The CAA has also ordered engine and fuel system checks on the remaining 22 ATR-manufactured planes currently in active service on the island.

Representatives of TransAsia Airways have met with relatives of the victims of the crash in Taiwan to discuss compensation. The airline has begun distributing US$38,000 to families of the deceased for funeral costs.

A second meeting would be held on Wednesday to discuss compensation matters further.

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By admin February 9, 2015 22:16