Ten TransAsia pilots fail tests on how to handle plane if engine fails

Ten of the 49 ATR pilots have been suspended

Ten TransAsia  pilots have been suspended after failing tests on what to do in the event of aircraft engine failure.

Taiwan's aviation regulator said 10 of TransAsia's 49 ATR pilots had failed oral proficiency tests on handling the plane during engine failure.

A further 19 pilots did not take the test, due to either sickness or because they were not in Taiwan, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) said.

The Taiwan government has ordered all airlines to review safety protocols and the 29 pilots who failed or did not sit the test have been suspended from their duties, according to Reuters.

TransAsia chief executive Peter Chen condemned the results as “not acceptable for us”. He told a news conference: "We will definitely strengthen their training."

Tests were ordered after the TransAsia flight GE235 crashed into a river in Taipei, killing at least 42 of the 58 passengers and crew on board.

Initial data indicates that the plane lost power in one engine just minutes after take-off from Taipei's Songshan airport.

The crew then shut down the other engine, which was working, and attempted to restart it shortly before the aircraft crashed.

Twin-engine aircraft can fly with just one working engine, and the authorities have not released any information from the recorders that indicates why the pilots shut down the working engine.

The last communication from one of the TransAsia flight 235’s pilots was "Mayday Mayday engine flameout", according to an air traffic control recording on liveatc.net.

It was the second TransAsia ATR crash in seven months, and the fifth crash involving the airline since 1995.

Additional reporting by agencies

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