TRANSASIA: Pilot's Body Found Still Clutching Joystick

 

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TAIWAN –

 

THE body of a doomed TransAsia plane pilot has been found with the 42-year-old still holding the joystick in the plane’s cockpit.

Liao Chien-tsung was a hero for his actions in the final moments before the crash that killed 31 people.

The pilot has been praised by Taipei’s mayor for steering the plane between apartment blocks and commercial buildings before ditching the stalled aircraft in a river.

The bodies of Liao and his co-pilot were retrieved from the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600’s cockpit still clutching the joystick, with their legs badly broken, investigators said.

TransAsia Flight GE235 was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it lurched nose-up between buildings, clipped an overpass and a taxi with one of its wings and then crashed upside down into a shallow river after taking off on Wednesday.

The bodies of Liao and his co-pilot were retrieved from the almost-new turboprop ATR 72-600’s cockpit still clutching the joystick, with their legs badly broken, investigators said.

Fifteen people survived but 12 remain missing. Taiwan aviation officials have said they have not given up hope of finding them.

 

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