Crash report says TransAsia pilot cut wrong engine

New data from Taiwan’s Aviation Authority confirms TransAsia pilot shut down working engine before crash

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Taiwan’s Aviation Authority released a report on Thursday indicating that the pilot of a TransAsia plane switched off its sole working engine before it crashed into a river in Taipei this year, killing 44 people.  

An initial investigation shortly after the TransAsia crash in February 4 had already shown that the pilot shut down the sole functioning engine after the other went idle.

However, the latest report from the Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council (ASC) has revealed important details about the background of the pilot as a part of the ongoing investigation.

According to the latest report,  Liao Jian-zhong - the captain of the crashed Taiwan plane - had failed simulator training in May 2014 because he lacked sufficient knowledge on what actions to take in an engine flame-out.   

New data from the Taiwan’s Aviation Authority confirmed Liao, 41, said in the cockpit recording “Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle" while the aircraft was flying at a speed of 105 knots (194 km/h) at an altitude of 309ft (94m).

After Liao shut off the engine the plane stalled and crashed immediately.

Both the pilot and co-pilot lost their lives in the incident.

The report didn’t blame anyone for the crash.

TransAsia hasn't commented on the report yet but it is expected that it will make an official statement later.

When it crashed there were 57 people on board the plane, which was en route from Taipei's Songshan Airport to the Kinmen, a Taiwanese island near mainland China.

Fifteen passengers were able to escape from the aircraft alive, which had plunged into the Keelung River.

TRTWorld and agencies