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Sunday 25 February 2018

TransAsia Airways pilots suspended

Search teams look for missing people from the plane crash in Taipei. (AP)
Search teams look for missing people from the plane crash in Taipei. (AP)

Taiwan's aviation authority has ordered the suspension of 10 pilots from TransAsia Airways who failed a proficiency test given after one of the airline's planes crashed, killing at least 42 people.

The Civil Aviation Administration said the 10 failed the oral exam on handling emergency situations given after the crash on February 4 and need to be retrained. It said 19 other pilots who did not take the test would also be suspended.

The turboprop ATR 72-600 crashed minutes after take-off from Taipei's airport. Fifteen of the 58 people aboard were rescued and one person is still missing.

A preliminary investigation indicated the plane's pilots shut off a running engine after its other engine went idle, a move that aviation experts said was an error.

Press Association

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