Order to check ATR planes after crash

“Special checks” ordered following crash this week

Taiwan’s aviation regulator has ordered all operators of ATR aircraft in the country to make “special checks” of the planes, following the TransAsia Airways crash this week.

Checks will focus on the state’s 22 turboprops’ engines, fuel control system, propeller systems, spark plugs and ignition connectors, news agency Reuters reports. However, a complete grounding has not been ordered.

Fifteen people survived the crash, while 12 are still missing. The remainder of the 58 passengers and crew on board were killed, including the pilot, identified as 42-year-old Liao Chien-tsung. He was praised by Taipei’s mayor for steering the stalled plane between apartment blocks and commercial buildings into a river, avoiding more casualties.

The plane was on its third flight of the day, with no records of any malfunction on earlier flights.