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Ill-fated plane: Both engines lost power before crash

One of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle 37 seconds after take-off, and pilots may have shut off the remaining engine before attempting to restart them, but the plane crashed before that could happen, Taiwan’s top aviation safety official said today.

The details were presented at a news conference in Taipei by Aviation Safety Council Executive Director Thomas Wang as preliminary findings based on the flight data recorder.

Wednesday’s crash into a river in Taipei killed at least 35 people and left eight missing. Fifteen people were rescued with injuries.


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