Taipei crash caused by pilot error, says regulator

Taipei crash caused by pilot error, says regulator

The pilot of an aircraft which crashed in Taipei had switched off a working engine after the other lost power, according to Taiwan’s aviation regulator.

Forty-three people died when the TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600, which can fly with one engine, crashed in a river.

In a cockpit recording, the pilot is heard saying: “Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle.”

The left wing collided with a taxi driving on an elevated expressway.

“The left wing continued to hit the fence of the expressway as well as a light pole, before it crashed into Keelung River,” the report said.

It does not assign blame for the crash which occurred shortly after take-off from Taipei’s Songshan airport in February.

The data report is part of an investigation by the country’s Aviation Safety Council.


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