More bodies from plane crash found in Taipei river

2015-02-11 20:53
Rescuers check the wreckage of the TransAsia ATR 72-600 on the Keelung river at New Taipei City. (Sam Yeh, AFP)

Rescuers check the wreckage of the TransAsia ATR 72-600 on the Keelung river at New Taipei City. (Sam Yeh, AFP)

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Taipei – Search teams on Wednesday found two bodies of victims of last week's TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan's capital, bringing the confirmed death toll to 42, the Central News Agency reported.

Flight GE235 crashed into the Keelung River shortly after takeoff on 4 February from Taipei's Songshan Airport with 58 people on board. The accident also injured a taxi driver and passenger when the plane's wing clipped a bridge.

There were 15 survivors. One passenger has not yet been found.

Hundreds of rescuers, including 171 divers, were searching for the missing passengers on Wednesday. They found the two bodies about 700m downstream from the crash site, the Apple Daily said.

A 67-year-old diver died late on Tuesday when an aneurysm ruptured after he had spent three days in the river at low temperatures.

TransAsia announced compensation to the families of each victim of about $475 000 on Wednesday, but some had not accepted the deal, the Central news Agency said.

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