Live: Mainland fatalities identified

Updated: 2015-02-04 12:37

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9:03 pm

Insurers face massive payout

Insurance companies will have to pay out at least NT$700 million (130 million yuan) in compensation, Taiwan's insurance regulator estimated after the TransAsia plane crash that killed at least 23 people on Wednesday.

The airline can claim US$20 million (12.5 million yuan) in total from eight insurers for fuselage damage to the ill-fated ATR 72-600 aircraft carrying 58 passengers and crew.

Among that number were 31 mainland tourists who had travel insurance, cited Taiwan media as saying.

Some insurers have already initiated compensation procedures.

8:33 pm

Mainland fatalities identified

The two men are Wang Qinghuo and Wang Zhangsheng, according to Taiwan civil aviation authorities.

7:00 pm

Premier Li urges rapid response

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang called for closer Cross-Straits cooperation and assistance to families of passengers after a TransAsia plane carrying 58 people, including 31 tourists from the mainland, crashed in Taiwan on Wednesday.

The Kinmen-bound plane cartwheeled into the Keelung River shortly after taking off from Taipei's Sungshan Airport, leaving at least 23 dead and a dozen others, including five crew members, missing.

Two passengers from Xiamen, East China's Fujian province were reportedly among the dead, according to Straits News, a Fujian-based newspaper.

Li also urged that verification of the status of people on board be determined as soon as possible and psychological counseling provided to families of passengers.