TransAsia crash update: 48 dead, ten wounded
Taiwan News, Staff Writer
2014-07-24 09:35 AM
The latest toll from Wednesday night’s crash of a TransAsia ATR 72-500 as it was attempting to land at the airport at Magong in Penghu stands at 48 dead and ten wounded as of 8:00am Thursday morning. The flight from Kaohsiung to Magong came in the wake of typhoon Matmo, which swept across the central and southern part of Taiwan Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The total of 58 on the flight included 54 passengers and a crew of four. With the exception of two passengers from France, all were citizens of the ROC. The pilot and co-pilot, both of whom perished in the crash, were experienced veterans with 22 years and 22,994 hours of flight experience and 2.5 years and 2392 hours of flight experience respectively. Two flight attendants also lost their lives.

TransAsia Airlines carried two flights of relatives of victims to Magong Thursday morning, one flight each from Songshan Airport in Taipei and Xiaogang Airport in Kaohsiung.

TransAsia has announced that it is providing a condolence payment of NT$200,000 to the families of both dead and wounded as well as funeral compensation of NT$800,000 to the families of those killed in the crash. The airline has said it will continue handling matters related to the accident while actively cooperating with the Civil Aviation Authority and the Aviation Safety Committee to conduct an investigation of the cause of the crash.

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