AIPEI, Taiwan - Yesterday's Keelung River plane crash marks TransAsia Airways second deadly accident in seven months.
A TransAsia Airways ATR72-600 carrying 31 Chinese tourists careened into the Keelung River yesterday morning, after being in the air for less than three minutes. Rescue efforts are ongoing, with at least 25 of the 58 passengers and crew reported dead.
Seven months earlier, another ATR72-600 operated by TransAsia had crashed while trying to land in a typhoon on the outlying Penghu County, killing 48 of the 58 passengers and crew.
Recent Taiwan Aviation Disasters
December 21, 2002
An ATR72-200 freighter operated by TransAsia crashed due to severe icing conditions en route to Macau from Taipei, killing both crew members.
May 25, 2002
A China Airlines Boeing 747 bound for Hong Kong crashed off the Penghu islands with 225 passengers and crew onboard. There were no survivors.
October 31, 2000
A Boeing 747 operated by Singapore Airlines crashed after takeoff from Taoyuan, killing 83 of 179 people onboard and becoming the third-deadliest accident on Taiwan soil.
February 16, 1998
A China Airlines Airbus A300 from Bali, Indonesia crashed upon approaching the Taoyuan airport in fog and rain, killing all 196 onboard and seven people on the ground.
January 30, 1995
An ATR72 operated by TransAsia crashed south of Taipei, killing all four flight crew members onboard.
Scrutiny on ATR 72
The TransAsia crash in Taipei yesterday has heightened scrutiny on the ATR72, a turboprop regional aircraft made by the French-Italian joint venture Avions de Transport Regional.
Per request from the Civil Aeronautics Administration TransAsia Airways announced yesterday that all ATR planes will be grounded until safety inspections are complete.
Since 1995, there have been 21 crashes worldwide involving the ATR72, according to the Aviation Safety Network.
Four of the planes had been operated by TransAsia Airlines.
Yesterday's crashed aircraft involved the ATR72-600, the newest model of the ATR72 series.
It was acquired last April and had gone through routine maintenance on Jan. 26, reported CAA Director-General Lin Tyh-ming yesterday.