A pilot’s last words just seconds before his plane crashed killing 43 people have been revealed by accident investigators.

Captain Liao Jian-zong, 41, was at the controls of a TransAsia Airways plane when the passenger flight plunged into a river in Taipei in Taiwan earlier this year. Shocking footage of the plane clipping a motorway bridge as it hurtled towards disaster went viral on the web (see below).

Now air crash investigators say flight recordings suggest that Captain Jian-zong mistakenly switched off the plane’s only working engine just moments before the disaster.

The pilot was heard to say: “Wow, pulled back the wrong side throttle.”

The captain tried to restart the engines several times before a first officer in the cockpit on the doomed flight said: “Impact, impact, brace for impact.”

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