Monday, December 14, 2015

2015: The Year in Viral News • ATR 72-600, B-22816, TransAsia Airways, fatal accident occurred February 04, 2015 near Taipei Songshan Airport

3. TransAsia plane crash video

A terrifying video surfaced this year of a plane careening out of the sky, directly in front of a highway, clipping the side of a bridge and ultimately crashing into a river in Taiwan's capital, Taipei. The TransAsia flight was carrying 58 passengers including crew members. The cause of the crash was later determined to be pilot error, according Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council. Forty-three people were killed.


On February 4th, 2015, TransAsia Airways flight GE 235, an ATR72-600, registration B-22816, took off from Taipei Songshan Airport for Kinmen, Taiwan. There were 58 people onboard, including 3 flight crew (one as observer), 2 cabin crew, and 53 passengers. At 1054 hrs, the aircraft crashed into Keelung River at 5.4 km ESE from the end of RWY 10 of Songshan Airport, 43 onboard received fatal injuries, 14 received serious injuries, 1 received minor injury, and 2 people on ground also received injuries to different extent.  Preliminary data indicates that about 36 seconds after takeoff the engine no.2 auto-feathered, about 46 seconds subsequent to auto-feather the engine no.1 was shut off.

NTSB Identification: DCA15RA059
Accident occurred Wednesday, February 04, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan
Aircraft: ATR 72, registration:
Injuries: 43 Fatal, 15 Serious, 2 Minor.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Aviation Safety Council (ASC) of Taiwan has notified the NTSB of an accident involving an ATR 72 that occurred on February 04, 2015. The NTSB has appointed a U.S. Accredited Representative to assist the ASC investigation under the provisions of ICAO Annex 13 as the State of Manufacturer and Design of the engine.

All investigative information will be released by the ASC.

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