Friday, January 29, 2016

Fatal Flight 222's Pilot Didn't Comply With Safety, Council Says

Pilots at the control of TransAsia’s fatal Flight 222, which killed 48 people, repeatedly didn’t comply with standard operating procedures on safety and were likely fatigued from overwork, according to the final accident report published by Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council.

In addition, the pilot failed to identify the minimum distance from the ground required for landing, the council said in the report. Ten people survived the crash of GE222.

"The captain was likely overconfident in his flying skills," the Council said. "That might lead to his decision to continue the approach below the minimum descent altitude without an appreciation of the safety risks associated with that decision."

The twin-engine ATR-72 turboprop plane was making a second approach to Magong Airport on Taiwan’s outlying Penghu Islands on July 23, 2014, when it went down amid heavy rain from tropical storm Matmo. It was the first of two accidents in seven months for the Taiwanese carrier, raising issues of pilot training and safety procedures. Another TransAsia turboprop plunged into the Keelung River in downtown Taipei four minutes after takeoff on Feb. 4, 2015.

TransAsia respects the findings and expresses its deepest apology, pledging to improve flight safety and pilot management, the Taipei-based carrier said in a statement. 

Pilots on Flight 222 couldn’t find the runway seconds before their aircraft crashed, according to an accident report published by the council in December 2014. The two pilots knew that weather conditions fell below minimum requirements for landing at Magong when they took off from Kaohsiung at 5:45 p.m. on July 23, the council said then.


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.

NTSB Identification: ENG14WA021
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Makung, Taiwan
Aircraft: ATR 72-500, registration:
Injuries: 58 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan provided this information: On July 23, 2014, an ATR 72-212A, registered B-22810, operated by Transasia, took off from Kaohsiung bound for Magong. The crew was directed to enter a holding pattern because of reported visibility under VOR minima on the airfield and then was vectored as the visibility was reported to 1600m. The crew started the VOR DME to runway 20 and started the descent. Heavy showers were reported around the airfield during the final approach. The aircraft impacted trees located about 850m North east of the runway axis and finally impacted a block of house around 730m east of the threshold 20.

The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan, Republic of China, is investigating the accident. 

All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan at:

Aviation Safety Council
11 Floor, No. 200, Sec.3, Beixin Rd.,
Xindian City, New Taipei County 231,
Taiwan, Republic of China
Phone: 886-935628217 or 886-289127388

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