News / Asia

Taiwan Officials: 31 Plane Crash Victims Identified

  • Relatives of passengers onboard the crashed TransAsia Airways plane offer joss sticks to the deceased at a funeral parlor on Taiwan's island of Penghu, July 24, 2014.
  • Relatives of passengers onboard the TransAsia Airways plane that crashed cry at a funeral parlor on Taiwan's island of Penghu, July 24, 2014.
  • Relatives of passengers on board the crashed Transasia Airways plane prepare for a Daoist ceremony on Penghu, Taiwan, July 24, 2014.
  • Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, July 24, 2014.
Relatives Mourn Taiwan Plane Crash Victims
Ralph Jennings

Taiwanese authorities have identified 31 people killed when a domestic flight crashed during poor weather on Wednesday. Another 17 bodies remain unidentified.

Penghu Islands, Taiwan.Penghu Islands, Taiwan.
x
Penghu Islands, Taiwan.
Penghu Islands, Taiwan.

Investigator Wang Xingzhong said officials are looking at flight data and recordings from the recovered black boxes to determine why the TransAsia Airways plane crashed near Magong airport on the island of Penghu.

"We have completed different interviews from noon to after noon and recorded the files on flight path and weather condition," said Wang. "As to recorders, in addition to black boxes, we also brought back other devices on the plane to investigate."

Ten people on board the ATR-72 twin-engine turboprop were injured and sent to a local hospital. Five people on the ground were also hurt.

The crash occurred Wednesday during a landing attempt as Typhoon Matmo battered the island with heavy rains and strong winds that forced the cancellation of about 200 other flights.

Li Wan-li, the vice minister of Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration, said weather conditions met aviation safety requirements and that no other planes had problems landing at the time.

"It was up to the airline company and the pilot to decide if they should fly or not after checking the weather," he said. "So maybe people have misunderstood. When we look at the data, the weather was in line with the standard during taking off or landing."

Officials say two French medical students are among the dead. The rest of the victims are Taiwanese. TransAsia Airways is offering $33,000 in compensation to each family of the deceased.

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou called it a "very sad day in the history of Taiwan aviation." Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is in a tour of Latin America, also said he felt "deeply grieved" at the incident.

The 70-seat plane was en route from Kaohsiung International Airport in southern Taiwan after a nearly two-hour delay.

Television images showed rescue workers and soldiers in torrential rains, using flashlights to search the wreckage for survivors.

Taiwanese officials say a black box has been recovered and an investigation is under way, but the airline has hinted poor weather was responsible for the crash.

It is Taiwan's first deadly air accident since 2002, when a China Airlines Boeing 747 crashed into the Taiwan Strait, killing 225 people.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

African States Push to Keep Boko Haram Offline

Central African telecoms ministers working with Nigeria to block all videos posted by Boko Haram in effort to blunt Nigerian militant group's propaganda More

Falling Oil Prices, Internet-Savvy Youth Pose Challenge for Gulf Monarchies

Across the Gulf, younger generations are putting a strain on traditional politics More

Philippines Call Center Workers Face Challenges

Country has world’s largest business process outsourcing, or BPO, industry, employing some one-million workers More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Casei
X
Katherine Gypson
February 25, 2015 11:30 PM
The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video US Supreme Court Hears Hijab Discrimination Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has heard opening arguments in a workplace religious discrimination case that examines whether a clothing store can refuse to hire a young woman for wearing the headscarf she says is a symbol of her Muslim faith. Katherine Gypson reports from the Supreme Court.
Video

Video Falling Gas Prices Hurt Nascent Illinois Hydraulic Fracturing Industry

Falling oil prices are helping consumers purchase cheaper petroleum at the pump. But that’s made hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” less economically viable for the companies in the United States invested in the process. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports on one Midwestern town that was hoping to change its fortunes by cashing in on the next big U.S. oil boom.
Video

Video Fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan Fuels Mass Displacement

Heavy fighting in Sudan's South Kordofan state is causing hundreds of thousands to flee into uncertain conditions. Local aid organizations estimate as many as 400,000 civilians have been internally displaced since the conflict began more than three years ago, while another 250,000 have fled across the border to refugee camps in South Sudan. VOA's Adam Bailes reports.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.
Video

Video A Filmmaker Discovers Her Biracial Identity in "Little White Lie

Lacey Schwartz grew up in an upper middle-class Jewish family, in a town in upstate New York where almost everyone she knew was white. She assumed that she was, as well. Her recent documentary, Little White Lie, tells the story of how she uncovered the secret of her true racial background. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the film.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video US-Cuba Normalization Talks Resume Friday

Negotiations aimed at normalizing diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba resume Friday. On the table: lifting a half-century trade embargo and easing banking and travel restrictions. There's opposition in Congress, but some analysts say there may be sufficient political and economic incentives in both nations for a potential breakthrough this year. VOA's Mil Arcega reports.
Video

Video Pakistan's Deadline For SIM Registration Has Cellphone Users Scrambling

Pakistani cell phone users have until midnight Thursday to register their SIM cards, or their service will be cut off. While some privacy experts worry about government intrusion, many Pakistanis are just worried about keeping their phone lines open. VOA Deewa reporter Arshad Muhmand has more from Peshawar.
Video

Video Myanmar Warns Factory Workers to End Strikes

Outside Myanmar's main city Yangon, thousands of workers walked off their jobs earlier this month demanding a doubling of their wages, pay raises after a year and input from labor unions on industrial regulations. Since Friday, the standoff has grown more tense as police moved in to disrupt the sit-ins, resulting in clashes that injured people from both sides. VOA correspondent Steve Herman visited industrial zones which have become a focus of Myanmar's fledgling workers rights movement.
Video

Video Oscar Winners Do More Than Thank the Academy

The Academy Awards presentation is Hollywood’s night to reward the best movies from the previous year. It’s typically a lot of glitter, a lot of thank you’s, a lot of speeches. But many of this year’s speeches carried messages beyond the thank you's. VOA’s Carolyn Presutti takes a look.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More