11 executives off the hook in TransAsia crash
TAIWAN'S Shilin district court ruled on Wednesday
not to prosecute any of the
11 high-level TransAsia Airways executives involved in a crash last February
that killed 43 and injured 15.
Prosecutors ended investigations on Wednesday, concluding that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the 11 executives - including TransAsia chairman Vincent Lin - who were sued by victims and their families
for business negligence.
According to prosecutors, all defendants denied the charge of business negligence resulting in death or injury.
Mr Lin told prosecutors that the main part of his job was devising strategies, such as the acquisition of aircraft, and that he did not directly oversee technical operations, pilot training or maintenance.
Prosecutors also said no charges would be laid on the two deceased pilots though the primary cause of the deadly incident was pilot error.
Pilot Liao Chien Tsung attempted to restart the second engine after a flameout, but mistakenly shut off the first engine, sending the plane down.
Flight GE235 crashed into the Keelung River shortly after take-off on Feb 4 last year, heading from Taipei's Songshan Airport to Kinmen county.
There were 58 people onboard including
Taiwanese and mainland Chinese nationals.
THE CHINA POST/
ASIA NEWS NETWORK