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04 February 2015

TransAsia Airways has second fatal crash in less than a year

4 February 2015; TransAsia Airways ATR 72-600; B-22816; flight GE232; near Magong, Taiwan: The aircraft was on a scheduled domestic flight between Taipei and Kinmen Island, Taiwan. The airplane crashed into a river shortly after takeoff from Songshan Airport in Taipei. The aircraft hit a bridge, as well as a vehicle on that bridge, before plunging into the Keelung River. Shortly before hitting the bridge, the aircraft rolled sharply to the left.

There were 53 passengers and five crew members on board, and at least 18 occupants were killed. At least five people on the ground were also injured. There was heavy rain in the area at the time of the crash.
Other TransAsia Airways crashes
ATR 72 plane crashes
Flight GE235 Wikipedia entry

Airlines with more than one crash within one year
This TransAsia crash is the second time in less than a year that the airline has had a crash that resulted in passenger deaths. The previous crash was on 24 July 2014 and involved another ATR 72, this time on a domestic flight between Kaohsiung and Magong, Taiwan. All four crew members and 44 of the 54 passengers were killed.

Below is a partial list of airlines since 1970 that have had multiple fatal plane crashes separated by less than one year. Each item represents a sequence of at least two plane crashes or other events that led to the death of one or more passengers. For each sequence, there is a gap of less than one year between events. These sequences, which are listed in reverse chronological order, may include the airline or one of its subsidiaries.

  1. TransAsia Airways 2014-2015
  2. Malaysia Airlines 2014
  3. American Airliners 2001 (3)
  4. United Airliners 2001
  5. Cubana 1999
  6. TAM 1996-1997
  7. ADC (Nigeria 1996-1997
  8. Delta Air Lines 1995-1997 (3)
  9. American Airliners 1994-1995 (4)
  10. USAir 1994
  11. China Eastern 1993
  12. USAir 1991-1992 (3)
  13. Nordeste (Brazil) 1991-1992
  14. Aeroflot 1990-1991 (3)
  15. Avianca 1989-1990
  16. United Airliners 1989
  17. Korean Air Lines 1989
  18. Continental Airlines 1987-1988
  19. Philippine Air Lines 1987
  20. Northwest Airlines 1987
  21. TWA 1985-1986
  22. TAM 1983-1984
  23. CAAC 1982-1983 (3)
  24. Pan Am 1982
  25. VASP 1982
  26. Aeromexico 1981
  27. Saudia 1980
  28. THY 1979-1980
  29. Indian Airlines 1979-1980
  30. Air New Zealand 1979
  31. Air Rhodesia 1978-1979
  32. THY 1974-1975 (3)
  33. Eastern Air Lines 1974-1975
  34. TWA 1974
  35. Pan Am 1973-1974 (3)
  36. Japan Air Lines 1972
  37. Indian Airlines 1971-1973 (3)

The above list may not include every airline with two or more fatal crashes within a year. If you know of any others, please contact

Various videos and photos of the TransAsia Airways crash

Source: YouTube MrOutofcontrolvideos

Source: YouTube FSXninja

Source: LiveLeak

Final Moments of flight (Photo: APA):
Final Moments of flight (Photo: APA)

The wreckage almost submerged in the Keelung River:
The wreckage almost submerged in the Keelung River

Overview of wreckage in Keelung River (Photo: APA):
Overview of wreckage in Keelung River (Photo: APA)

Detail Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth):
Detail Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth)

Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth):
Map (Graphics: AVH/Google Earth)

Speed and altitudes (FlightRadar24):
Speed and altitudes (FlightRadar24)

1 comment:

  1. The video is inconclusive but judging from the blur of the blades the still shots seem to show engine one turning much slower than number 2.