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Toll in Taiwan plane crash rises to 40

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Feb 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Taipei/Beijing, February 7: Rescue workers recovered five more bodies from the Keelung River in Taipei on Saturday, three days after TransAsia Airways flight GE235 crashed, taking the toll to 40.

Three passengers were still missing.

There were 15 survivors. Thirty one tourists from the Chinese mainland who had just completed visits to Taiwan were also on board the plane bound for Kinmen when the tragedy happened and at least 26 of them died in the crash.

Rescuers found the bodies in waters 500 metres, 600 metres and one km downstream from the crash site, Xinhua news agency reported citing Taiwan’s disaster response centre. A public memorial ceremony has been scheduled Feb 10 in Taipei to mourn the victims of the crash.

The ATR72–600 turboprop passenger plane with 58 passengers and crew on board crashed into the Keelung river in Taipei shortly after takeoff from Songshan Airport in Taipei at 10.52 a.m. on Wednesday.

The exact cause of the crash remains unclear but initial alysis of the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder by the Aviation Safety Council (ASC) showed the right engine of the plane flashed a warning sigl just 37 seconds after takeoff and pilots manually cut the fuel supply to the left engine, leading to a loss of power in both engines before the plane went down.

Thomas Wang, maging director of the ASC, said the pilot announced a "flame–out", which can occur when the fuel supply to the engine is interrupted or when there is faulty combustion. (IANS)

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