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10 pilots for Taiwanese airline fail test following crash

Created: 02/11/2015 4:52 AM
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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's aviation authority has ordered the suspension of 10 pilots from TransAsia Airways who failed a proficiency test given after one of the airline's planes crashed, killing at least 42 people.

The Civil Aviation Administration said Wednesday the 10 failed the oral exam on handling emergency situations administered after the Feb. 4 crash and need to be retrained. It said 19 other pilots who did not take the test would also be suspended.

The turboprop ATR 72-600 crashed minutes after takeoff from Taipei's airport. Fifteen of the 58 people aboard were rescued and one person is still missing.

A preliminary investigation indicated the plane's pilots shut off a running engine after its other engine went idle, a move that aviation experts said was an error.

(Copyright 2015 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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