[Avionics Today 02-05-2015] The Civil Aeronautics Administration of Taiwan has ordered TransAsia and Uni Air to perform engine inspections on all Taiwanese registered ATR-72 aircraft following the Feb. 4 crash of a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop in Taipei. The TransAsia ATR 72-600 crashed into a river shortly after takeoff from Taipei. The aircraft bound for Kinmen was carrying 53 passengers and five crew; the death toll stood at 31 on Feb. 5, including the two pilots.
TransAsia ATR 72-600. Photo: ATR Aircraft.
"According to the civil aviation authority requirements, TransAsia Airways immediately [will] start the ATR fleet special inspections of the engines and all flights will be held upon completion of the special examination and confirmation of, and again sent flying," TransAsia said in a statement on its Facebook page.
The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan is leading the investigation into the accident. On Thursday Feb. 5, ATR sent a "Go Team" to Taipei to support the accident investigation team.