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Some government branches cancel year-end parties in wake of crash

Some government branches cancel year-end parties in wake of crash

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) Both the Presidential Office (???) and the Executive Yuan (???) announced Wednesday that they will cancel their annual lunar year-end parties in the wake of that day's deadly TransAsia Airways (????) crash. The Presidential Office said it was putting off its banquet scheduled for Feb. 12, but said it may hold a party after the Lunar New Year. The Executive Yuan also said it has decided to cancel its party slated for Feb. 11, but added that it remained uncertain whether it will hold a separate event later. Flight GE-235 carrying 53 passengers and five crew members crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei shortly after it took off from the city's domestic airport at 10:52 a.m. Wednesday, killing at least 23 people so far. The flight was en route from Taipei Songshan Airport to Taiwan's Kinmen Island, which lies just off China's southeast coast. It was the second air crash involving TransAsia in less than a year. An older TransAsia ATR72-500 crashed in outlying Penghu County in July 2014 after an aborted landing, a disaster that left 49 people dead. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)


Updated : 2021-09-25 14:15 GMT+08:00