Sunday, September 02, 2012

BN-2B-26 Islander, B-68801, Dapeng Airlines: Agency to examine botched search for downed plane


Taipei, Sept. 2 (CNA) The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Sunday it has asked the relevant agencies to examine why it took three days for rescuers to locate a downed Dapeng Airlines plane, even after the aircraft transmitted 10 emergency signals. 

The Dapeng Airlines BN-2 plane went missing during an aerial photography mission Aug. 30 in a mountainous area in the eastern county of Hualien.

The National Rescue Command Center dispatched four helicopters the same day to the area where the plane was last seen before it disappeared from radar screens, but they failed to locate the aircraft.

A source close to the matter told CNA that the Ministry of Transportation and Communications had suggested that the rescue center send helicopters to search an area where nine of the 10 emergency signals from the aircraft had originated.

However, the center remained focused on searching the area where the aircraft was last seen before it disappeared from radar, the source said on condition of anonymity.

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