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Fire leads TransAsia Airways plane to land: authorities

2012/05/03 22:42:11

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council confirmed Thursday that an engine fire caused a TransAsia Airways flight to return to Taipei International Airport 10 minutes after taking off a day earlier.

The pilots of Penghu-bound flight ATR 72 were alerted to the fire by a cockpit instrument at 5,000 feet and subsequently contacted authorities about an "engine problem," the council said, adding that crew members and 72 passengers landed safely at around 6 p.m.that day.

In addition to fire damage, the council said two turbine blades on the aircraft were broken and there were cracks on the remaining blades.

The council said it has interviewed the pilots of the Taiwan-based international carrier and further investigations will be carried out after checking the cockpit's voice recorder and flight data recorder.

(By Wang Shu-fen and Maia Huang)