Plane crash in Taiwan. ATR-72. TransAsia Airways. February 4 2015.
The plane ATR-72 Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways after takeoff from the airport Taipei Songshan Airport touched overpass and fell into a shallow river flowing close to the highway in the vicinity of Taipei. The airliner made a domestic flight from the administrative center of the island of Kinmen archipelago in the Taiwan Strait.
On board were 53 passengers, including two children, and about three dozen tourists from the Chinese city of Xiamen, and five crew members. According to preliminary information, the Russian citizens on board was not.
After the disaster, few people were able to get yourself to the beach. No less 27 passengers were taken to hospital by rescuers, but 12 are no longer signs of life. Besides, 20 people are still missing. Their search continues. Rescue workers suggest that some passengers are located in the aircraft fuselage.
According to Taiwanese TV channel TVBS, ATR-72 also reserve a taxi, as a result two people were injured.
Fragments of the destroyed fuselage liner floating in a river just a few dozen meters from the shore. The plane left partially submerged, its tail section were separated.
AircraftATR-72Airlines TransAsia Airways (the third largest carrier in Taiwan) carried out an internal flight - from Taipei to Kinmen island archipelago in the western part of Taiwan Strait.
According to media reports, two minutes after takeoff, the pilot of the aircraft has filed a distress signal, telling dispatchers about the problems in the engine.
"Mayday (international distress signal, along with SOS), Mayday, the engine stalled," - The Independent published an edition of the last words of the commander of the aircraft with reference to the dispatching services.
At the time, the liner is only five kilometers from the airport. Eyewitnesses reported that the collision with the bridge the pilot tried to lift up the plane, but he did not succeed.
According to the intended route of flight, the plane had to turn south after takeoff, and then make a turn to the east, but instead flew straight and crossed the river.
At the moment it is known that the rescuers have found flight recorders of an airliner TransAsia Airways, crashed in the capital of Taiwan.
"Apparently, they turned off the wrong engine. The right-hand engine caught fire, but this in itself is not enough to lead to the collapse, because the plane ATR is designed to fly with one engine" - said the editor specializing in the aviation industry publication Flightglobal Greg Waldron (Greg Waldron).
As previously reported, the data decoding "black boxes" have shown that the pilot of the crashed plane gave out distress signals through 35 seconds after detecting faults in the engine. A minute after that the aircraft flight recorders stopped recording data.
As a result of the disaster, the cause of which, according to the results of the investigation, was the refusal of the crew before the flight icing, died 33 person.
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