Friday, 25 July 2014

32 bodies identified in TransAsia crash

Thirty-two people among the 48 killed in a TransAsia Airways plane crash Wednesday in the island county of Penghu have been identified, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Thursday.

The bodies identified included a couple surnamed Chen, their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons. The couple's daughter, who was not onboard, had gotten married last week, according to their relatives.

Four members of another family were also identified - a couple surnamed Yan and their two children, who were all going to Penghu to visit the man's parents.

Among the bodies, three were identified as military servicemen, who were on their way to Penghu to report for duty.

All four crew members on the TransAsia flight were killed in the crash. The CAA said the crew included a flight attendant who had been on the job for just seven months.

The CAA said that of the 10 survivors who were taken to hospital, one was pronounced dead on arrival, while the other nine sustained various injuries.

CAA deputy head Lee Wan-li said seven of the injured people have been transported back to Taiwan's main island -- five to Kaohsiung and two to Taipei.

Meanwhile, the aircraft's black boxes are being carried to Taiwan by aviation safety officials, he said.

A total of 58 people were aboard flight GE222, which crashed on approach to Penghu's airport in heavy weather in the wake of Typhoon Matmo.

Friday 25 July 2014

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