Data show crashed TransAsia plane off course when attempting landing

12/26/2014 11:22 AM
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Taipei, Dec. 26 (CNA) The Aviation Safety Council released an initial report Friday with new details of the July crash of a TransAsia Airways flight in Penghu, confirming that the passenger plane carrying 58 people had deviated from its course when it attempted to land.

Having missed the intended mark amid inclement weather, both pilots reported not being able to see the runway, according to the black box recording transcript released by the council.

TransAsia flight GE 222, which took off from Kaohsiung in Taiwan proper, crashed just outside the main airport on the Penghu islands after aborting a first landing attempt. Forty-eight passengers and crew members were killed.

The Aviation Safety Council said a final report on the crash will be published in October 2015.

(By Lee Hsin-Yin; click here for the updated story)ENDITEM/WH

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