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Both TransAsia plane engines lost power before Taiwan crash

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TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s top safety aviation official says one of the engines on TransAsia Airways Flight 235 went idle 37 seconds after takeoff and that later both engines lacked power.

He says the pilots may have shut off the remaining engine before attempting to restart them. However, the plane crashed before that could happen.

The details were presented at a news conference Friday in Taipei by Aviation Safety Council Executive Director Thomas Wang from preliminary findings based on the flight data recorders.

Wang said it was too early to draw firm conclusions about the reasons why the engines stopped producing power.