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Report Shows What Brought Down This Plane

Pilot mistakenly shut off wrong engine: report

(Newser) - A pilot initially hailed as a hero for maneuvering to avoid buildings seconds before February's TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan accidentally turned off the aircraft's only working engine after the other lost power, Reuters reports. Captain Liao Jian-zong, 41, pulled back on the throttle for the healthy engine,... More »

Taiwan Pilots Found Still Clutching Controls

Both engines lost power before crash, officials say

(Newser) - The pilot and co-pilot in the TransAsia crash died fighting to save the doomed plane, investigators say. Both men were found dead in the cockpit still gripping the controls, with badly broken legs, Reuters reports. At a press conference today, Taiwan's chief aviation safety official said both engines lost... More »

Dad Goes With Gut, Saves Family in Taipei Crash

Lin Ming-wei moved family to right side of plane after hearing noise

(Newser) - Lin Ming-wei says he owes his life, and that of his family, to a last-minute decision to switch seats aboard the TransAsia plane that crashed yesterday in Taipei, killing at least 31 people. Just before takeoff, Lin says he heard an odd noise that unsettled him, and he asked for... More »

47 Dead as Plane Crash-Lands in Taiwan

Reports: TransAsia flight caught fire after failed emergency landing

(Newser) - Forty-seven people are being reported dead after a TransAsia Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing today and caught fire near an airport in Penghu, an island off the coast of Taiwan, reports the South China Morning Post . There were 58 people aboard the ATR-72 turboprop when it... More »

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