ATR regrets to confirm that an ATR 72-500 operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways was involved in an accident today at around 7.30 pm (local time) at Magong (Taiwan). The flight GE222 was operating between Kaohsiung and Magong with 58 people on board, including crewmembers.
The aircraft, registered under B-22810, was MSN (Manufacturing Serial Number) 642, initially delivered to the airline from the production line in June 2000.
At this time, the circumstances of the accident are still under investigation.
The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan will lead the investigation and will be the official source of information. According to international regulations, ATR will advise the French Bureau d’Enquêtes et Analyses (BEA), safety investigation authority representing the State of the aircraft manufacturer.
The ATR 72-500 is a 68-to 74-seat twin turboprop engine aircraft.
ATR express its deepest sympathy to the families, friends and to those affected by the accident.
European turboprop manufacturer ATR is the world leader in the regional aviation market. ATR designs, manufactures and delivers aircraft, with its fleet encompassing some 200 airlines in nearly 100 countries. The ATR 42 and the ATR 72 are the best-selling aircraft in the below 90-seat category. With continuous improvement as a driving force, ATR produces cutting edge, comfortable and versatile turboprops that help airlines expand their horizons by creating more than 100 new routes every year. Compared with other turboprops, ATRs offer an advantage of 40% on fuel burn, 20% on trip cost and 10% on seat cost, whilst offering the lowest noise emissions. ATR is an equal partnership between leading aerospace firms Airbus and Leonardo and benefits from a large global customer support network allowing it to deliver innovative services and solutions to its clients and operators all over the world. For more information, please visit http://www.atr-aircraft.com
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