TransAsia Pilot Mistakenly Shut Down the only Functioning Engine that caused Plane Crash killing 43 People
A TransAsia plane crashed into a river in Taiwan earlier in the year, following which the world began to raise concerns over safety concerns and challenges the fast-growing Asian airlines may be confronted with, considering the frequency of crashes that were being reported. Click here if you missed it!
According to new reports, the TransAsia plane crash which killed 43 people in February this year was caused by the pilot’s error in pulling the correct throttle. It was observed that less than a minute after take-off, a warning sounded that there had been a power failure in one of the two engines, according to The Guardian, UK.
The plane was designed to be able to fly on one engine, however it tragically crashed into the side of a bridge and plunged into a Taiwanese river because the pilot mistakenly shut down the only functioning engine. It was two minutes after taking the decision that the pilot realized his mistake, however, it was too late to avoid the crash.
In a report from the TransAsia training records, it was revealed that the pilot initially failed the test for electronic engine controls. In their report, it was shown that the pilot had “insufficient knowledge leading to hesitations in ‘both EEC (electronic engine controls) failure’ and ‘engine failure after V1’ situation.” (V1 is the speed beyond which take-off can no longer be safely aborted).
There were 15 survivors out of the 58 people who boarded the flight. TransAsia promised that they were making efforts to assist in the investigation and enhance aviation safety.