February 6, 2015 - On Wednesday morning a Taiwan
ATR 72-600 (B-22816) aircraft operated by
TransAsia Airways crashed near Taipei Songshan
Flight GE235 was operating between
and Kinmen with 58 people on board.
It has been reported at least 26 people were
killed when the twin-engine turboprop clipped a
highway bridge and crashed into the Keelung River
shortly after taking off from
Taipei Songshan Airport
Just after takeoff Flight GE235 climb out to
1350 feet when it encountered a right engine
fire, moments later the pilots mistakenly cut
the fuel to the left engine resulting in a
complete engine shutdown.
The pilot contacted Sung Shan Tower to declare his emergency, Mayday
Mayday, engine flameout. The pilots attempted to
restart the left engine with no luck. The
aircraft stalled, at about 10:54 AM the aircraft
banked almost 90 degrees, clipped a taxi on a
bridge and then crashed into the Keelung River.
It has been reported that this aircraft was only
10 months old.