ATR statement on TransAsia’s flight GE222
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.
ATR is the world number one regional aircraft manufacturer with its ATR 42 and 72 aircraft the best-selling aircraft in the less than 90-seat market segment. In 2019 the company had a turnover of US$1.6 billion. The unifying vision of the company’s 1,400 employees is to help everyone, no matter where they are in the world, to connect and develop in a responsible manner. Thanks to the efficiency of turboprop technology and the benefits of the company’s focus on continuous innovation, ATR aircraft open more than 100 new routes every year, burn up to 45% less fuel and emit up to 45% less CO2 than regional jets. For all of these reasons, ATR aircraft have been chosen by some 200 companies in 100 countries around the world. ATR is a joint-venture between Airbus and Leonardo.