Plane: Tur­bo­prop passed safety check

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He said the weather on Wed­nes­day morn­ing was “OK” and the pi­lot had 4,914 fly­ing hours and the co-pi­lot 6,922 fly­ing hours.

Lin said the crashed ATR 72-600 is not the same model as the ATR 72-500 that crashed on Penghu, west of Tai­wan, last year killing 49 peo­ple.

Wed­nes­day’s ac­ci­dent is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, and it is too early to say if other Tran­sAsia Air­ways planes will be or­dered to stop fly­ing, Lin said.

Wu Peixin, an avi­a­tion ex­pert in Bei­jing, said he does not think the ATR 72 has se­ri­ous safety prob­lems.

“I think the ac­ci­dent could have been caused by a flame out in the left en­gine, which led to the plane stalling,” Wu said. “The pi­lot might have tried to pull it out of the dive, but failed.”

Dong Jian­hong, a se­nior designer of tur­bo­props at the Avi­a­tion In­dus­try Corp of China, said the ATR 72 en­joys half the global mar­ket for tur­bo­props, due to sim­ple de­sign and low op­er­a­tion costs. Lin Yicheng in Xi­a­men and Sun Li in Bei­jing con­trib­uted to this story. Con­tact the writer at hena@ chi­nadaily.com.cn

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