Taiwan plane crash: Memorial service held for Taiwan plane crash victims
Wednesday, 23 July 2014 - 20:38
Family members of victims in a plane crash accident hold memorial service for their beloved ones at the local funeral parlour after a Taiwan plane smashed into residential buildings following a failed emergency landing in the outlying island county of Penghu, southeast China's Taiwan, July 24, 2014. Forty-eight people have been confirmed dead and 10 others injured in the plane crash, which occurred on Wednesday evening. The plane, TransAsia Airways Flight GE 222, with 58 people on board, was then on its way from Taiwan's Kaohsiung to Penghu.
Taiwan authorities launched an investigation on Thursday into the crash of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane in which 48 people were killed with the weather expected to be a factor in the inquiry.
The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed on Wednesday evening near the runway while trying to land on the small island of Penghu, west of Taiwan island, after a typhoon had passed earlier in the day.
The aircraft had 54 passengers and four crew on board. Two of the dead were French, the French foreign ministry said, and 10 people were injured and taken to hospital.
The leaders of rivals China and Taiwan both offered their condolences over the deaths.
Forty-eight people are now known to have died after a passenger plane crashed in Taiwan's Penghu archipelago, amid stormy weather in the area.
The plane, carrying 58 people, crashed into buildings after a failed attempt to land at Magong airport.
The other 10 people on board were hurt. Two French nationals were among the dead, officials said. No crew members are thought to have survived.
Family members were flying to Penghu on Thursday, Taiwan media said.
Minister of Transportation Yeh Kuang-shih and aviation officials also flew to the island to start an investigation into the disaster.
According to the Taiwanese News Agency, a plane has crashed in an emergency landing, killing 51 people and injuring seven