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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 »

Pilot Said 'Engine Flameout' Before Taipei Crash

Death toll hits 32 with 12 still missing after fuselage hoisted from river

(Newser) - Rescuers are still searching for 12 people after using a crane to hoist the fuselage of a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital following a crash that killed at least 32 others. Flight GE235 with 58 people aboard—many of them travelers from China—... More »

Plane Careens Into Shallow Taiwan River

At least 23 dead

(Newser) - A Taiwanese flight carrying 58 people banked sharply onto its side, clipped a highway bridge, and careened into a shallow river today shortly after taking off from Taipei, killing at least 23 people and leaving 20 missing, officials said. Fifteen people were rescued with injuries. More than half of the... 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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