Crashed plane retrieved, 31 dead
Updated: 2015-02-05 08:18
** 31 people confirmed dead, 12 missing and 17 injured in plane crash, including two injured on the ground
** 31 mainland tourists aboard, of them 16 confirmed dead
** Bodies of the pilot, co-pilot and a crew member found
** Three pieces of the wrecked plane retrieved
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Rescuers search inside the wreckage after it was recovered from the river. [Photo / Agencies] More photos
Altogether there are 31 mainland tourists aboard the crashed jet, with another three injured and 12 missing.
The bodies of the pilot, co-pilot and a crew member were found in the water and two other passengers were discovered half a kilometre away in the river.
Rescuers continued to search for the 12 missing people from the plane that clipped a bridge, ten minutes after takeoff.
A total of 15 survivors have been taken to nearby hospitals in Taipei and New Taipei City, according to local disaster relief authorities. The plane's two black boxes have been recovered and should be deciphered by Wednesday night.
Using a massive crane, rescuers had last night pulled the three pieces of Flight GE235 from the Keelung River, Taiwan's central news agency reported. The fuselage and tail were brought to shore a little after 8 pm, and the nose was lifted just after midnight, according to Taipei City Fire Department officials.
Rescuers carry the TransAsia Airways plane's Flight Data Recorder. [Photo/weibo.com/xmrb]
The plane has been in service since April 2014 and was subject to a routine safety check last month, according to Taipei authorities.
The aircraft plunged into the river at 10:55 am after its wing clipped a taxi with a man and a woman inside on an elevated freeway.
The mainland passengers were on trips organized by two travel agencies from Xiamen City in Fujian Province, the Taiwan tourism authority confirmed.
Xiamen police have fastracked travel documents for families of the mainland tourists on board so they can leave for Taiwan as early as possible. Thirty-four relatives of the victims, along with officials of Xiamen Tourism Bureau, are expected to arrive in Taiwan tomorrow.
Plane clipped a taxi as it descended into river. [Photo/TVBS]
The Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee has sent a team to Taiwan to handle related affairs.
The State Council Taiwan Affairs Office and the Association for Relations across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) launched a joint emergency response operation and are being kept up to date by Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council and the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF). They extended condolences to families of the victims and urged those on the ground to do as much as they could.
TransAsia senior executives bow to the public to apologize after a plane crashed into a river. [Photo/ETtoday.net]
After the crash, a total of 1,551 people, 394 vehicles and 77 boats had been sent to the riverside rescue scene by 7:00 pm on Wednesday.
Taiwan's civil aeronautics authority has decided to conduct safety check on the island's 22 ATR-72 aircraft before they are allowed to fly.
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TransAsia Airways, founded in 1951, was Taiwan's first private airline, mainly focusing on short overseas flights.