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Bird-strike probable cause of FAT engine shutdown

2013/04/13 18:27:48

Taipei, April 13 (CNA) Bird-strike could be the cause of an in-flight engine shutdown on a Far Eastern Air Transport (FAT) plane Saturday, the local carrier said that day.

The incident could have occurred 12 minutes after the flight took off from the outlying island of Kinmen at 11:50 a.m., the company said.

"The captain followed all safety procedures and handled the situation properly," FAT said in a brief statement.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration, the country's top aviation regulator, said however that the exact cause of the engine shutdown will require further investigation.

All 147 passengers and crew, including three infants, were reported safe after the incident, which forced the captain to abort the flight and return to Kinmen.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin)
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