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Taiwan expecting U.S. personnel to join air crash probe: ASC official

Taiwan expecting U.S. personnel to join air crash probe: ASC official

Taipei, Feb. 10 (CNA) Taiwan expects representatives from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to participate in the investigation of the TransAsia Airways (????) plane crash in Taipei on Feb. 4, the head of Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council (ASC) said Tuesday. ASC Executive Director Thomas Wang (???) said the U.S. personnel will examine the propeller governing system of the ATR 72-600 that crashed because the two turboprops were manufactured by a U.S. company. After initial disassembly of the two engines, however, it has been confirmed that they have no structural problems, Wang said. Flight GE235 crashed into the Keelung River just outside of Taipei Songshan Airport with 58 people on board, killing at least 40 of them and injuring 15. Three remain unaccounted for. The ATR 72-600 was en route to the Taiwan-controlled island county of Kinmen, located a few kilometers off the coast of China's Xiamen City, when it crashed shortly after takeoff. Of the passengers, 31 were Chinese visitors and the other 22 were Taiwanese nationals, while the remaining five people onboard were the two pilots and three crew members. The cause of the accident is still unclear, though reports have indicated the pilot may have erroneously shut off the only remaining engine after the other lost power. Three experts from China's Center of Aviation Safety Technology arrived in Taiwan Monday to participate in the crash probe. The experts were mainly helping interviewing the Chinese survivors, Wang said. (By Wang Shu-fen and Kuo Chung-han)


Updated : 2021-09-28 05:26 GMT+08:00