Investigators: Both Engines Stalled in TransAsia Plane Crash
The turboprop aircraft that crashed into a river in Taiwan earlier this week had trouble in both engines prior to the crash, according to Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council.
TransAsia Flight 235, an ATR-72 turboprop, had just departed Taipei Songshan Airport and was heading to Kinmen, a small archipelago of several islands administered by the Republic of China, when it crashed.
The agency released preliminary findings from the cockpit voice and flight data recorders on Friday. At least 35 people were killed in the crash, including both pilots, and eight people are still unaccounted for.
Shortly after takeoff, a stall warning sounded five times in the cockpit, the aviation agency told reporters. The plane’s No. 1 engine followed by the No. 2 engine stopped producing power, leaving the plane flying without thrust for more than a minute.
The pilots declared an emergency and attempted to restart the engines, the agency said.
A full analysis of Flight 235’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders is still months away, according to officials, and they were not yet able to say what caused the engines to stall in the first place.
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