Report: TransAsia Pilot Mistakenly Shut Off Working Engine Prior to Crash
Nearly four months after TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 crashed in Taiwan's capital city of Taipei shortly after takeoff, the country's Aviation Safety Council has confirmed that the pilot accidentally shut off the plane's working engine after the other lost power.
According to CNN, the Council's recently released Factual Data Collection Group Report revealed that the captain acknowledged he "pulled back the wrong side throttle" just seconds before the ATR 72-600 turboprop aircraft made contact with a bridge and plunged into the Keelung River.
The crash killed 43 of the 58 people onboard Flight GE235.
The report states that the captain responded to the engine failure by pulling back on the throttle on the working engine, shutting it off for nearly one minute and causing the aircraft to stall. Nearly two minutes passed before the pilot realized and attempted to correct the mistake.
The Aviation Safety Council's report also revealed that the pilot had failed flight simulator training less than a year prior to February's crash. The report explains that the failure was partly due to his inability to respond to an engine flameout during takeoff.
In a statement issued on Thursday via CNN, TransAsia claimed to be "making a concerted effort" to improve aviation safety. The carrier also said that it continues to assist officials in the investigation of Flight GE235.
The airline has come under scrutiny in the past and one week after February's crash, 10 TransAsia pilots were suspended by Taiwan's Civil Aviation Administration after failing oral proficiency tests on the handling of emergency situations.
The Aviation Safety Council's group report presents only facts surrounding the accident's investigation and a final report on the crash isn't scheduled to be complete until April 2016.
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