- PHOTOS: 15 survivors, others missing or deceased (AP) A pilot of TransAsia Airways Flight 235 said, "Mayday, mayday, engine flameout" moments before the propjet banked sharply and crashed into a river, an aviation official said today, but declined to comment on a possible cause for the accident. Engine flameout refers to flames being extinguished in the combustion chamber of the engine, so that it shuts down and no longer drives the propeller. Causes of a flameout could include a lack of fuel or [striking] volcanic ash, a bird, or some other object. "Mayday" is an international emergency call.
(Eno): When I got back home I found a message on the door/ Sweet Regina's gone to China crosslegged on the floor/ Of a burning jet that's smoothly flying/ Burning airlines give you so much more/ How does she intend to live when she's in far Cathay?/ I somehow can't imagine her just planting rice all day/ Maybe she will do a bit of spying/ With microcameras hidden in her hair/ I guess Regina's on a plane a Newsweek on her knees/ While miles below the curlews call from strangely stunted trees/ The painted sage sits just as though he's flying/ Regina's jet disturbs his wispy beard/. When you reach Kyoto send a postcard if you can/ And please convey my fond regards to Chih-Hao's girl Yu-Lan/ I heard a rumor they were getting married/ But someone left the papers in Japan/. Left them in Japan.