TransAsia plane returns to Songshan after takeoff

A Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways plane yesterday reported a malfunction and returned to Taipei Songshan Airport shortly after takeoff.

TransAsia Flight GE507, scheduled to embark from Taipei Songshan Airport to Makung Airport, returned to the Songshan Airport after its captain reported signal abnormalities involving the torque of the plane during takeoff at 12:46 p.m.

The pilot later returned the plane to Songshan Airport at 1:04 p.m. for further checkups, with its entire passenger population rescheduled for a later plane bound for Makung Airport.

The Ministry of Transportation and Communications' Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said that initial inspections concluded that the problem was a signal malfunction.

According to protocol, TransAsia has submitted a malfunctioning report to the aircraft's manufacturer. The CAA has grounded the plane, which is the same model as the plane that crashed near Makung Airport last year, pending further investigation.

In related news, another TransAsia plane, an international flight from Taoyuan International Airport bound for Osaka, Japan, was grounded for inspections after another airplane that was on the same runway reported seeing liquid around the fuselage of the TransAsia plane.

Following inspections, the liquid was found to be water, and the aircraft was cleared for took off at 10 a.m.

Flight 235 Crash

The two incidents took place weeks after a TransAsia flight crashed into a river in Taipei on Feb. 4.

The last victim of the TransAsia Airways Flight 235 incident was located by authorities on Feb. 12.

The final victim, a mainland Chinese passenger, was discovered 3 kilometers downstream from where the main impact occurred. The victim was found attached to his cabin seat when rescuers located his body.

The discovery also finalized the body count of the incident, with 42 deaths and 15 injuries.

While the initial report of the CAA claimed that the flight data recorder declared that both engines had stopped during the incident, the Aviation Safety Council stated that they will conduct an investigation and will present their own preliminary findings within the month, with an official conclusion planned for release four months later.