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Fatal Taiwan flight black boxes showed no distress call: official

Published on Aug 1, 2014 5:56 PM
Workers remove the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed, on Taiwan's offshore island Penghu on July 25, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwanese authorities said Friday that black boxes from the TransAsia Airways flight that crashed last week, killing 48 people, showed no distress call was recorded before the plane plunged into houses after an aborted landing.

Flight GE222 carrying 54 passengers and four crew crashed near the airport in Magong in the Penghu islands last Wednesday, leaving just 10 survivors, some of them badly injured. Two French nationals were among the dead.

The ATR 72-500 propeller plane aborted its first attempt to land during thunder and heavy rain as Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan, officials have said.

Examination of the plane's two black boxes - which record cockpit voice and other in-flight data - showed that the two pilots had discussed among themselves to request a go-around.

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