ST. JOHN’S: The Antigua based-regional airline, LIAT, assured commuters that its Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) aircraft were safe following queries it has been receiving in the aftermath of the deadly crash of an ATR in Taiwan on February 4.
The pilots of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 were reported to have grappled with problems with both engines before the plane clipped a bridge and crashed into a river, killing dozens of people, Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council said last week.
Citing information from the aircraft’s flight recorders, the Aviation Safety Council said the stall warning went off in the cockpit five times, starting approximately 37 seconds after takeoff.
LIAT, which expressed condolences to the families of those killed in the disaster, said as one of the operators of the Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) aircraft in the Caribbean, it has received queries from different quarters about the ATR aircraft in the aftermath of the accident.
“In addition to the operators in the Caribbean, many airlines around the world operate ATR aircraft with a combined total of more than 5000 flights per day,” the airline said in a statement. “For 58 years, the safety of our passengers and crew has always been paramount in our plans and this continues to be our highest priority.”
LIAT said the European Aviation Safety Authority (EASA) is the multi-national safety and airworthiness oversight body and the regulator of the manufacturer, ATR.
“Both parties, having safety as their paramount concern, will assess the need for any directives to be issued for the world-wide fleet, if necessary. To date, EASA has not issued any such directive.”
LIAT said that its own regulator, the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) is guided by any such directive and LIAT “would ensure our immediate compliance in the event of any directive being issued”.