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Chinese president expresses concern for victims of Taipei air crash

Beijing, Feb. 4 (CNA) Chinese President Xi Jinping (???) has added his voice to those expressing concern over the deadly crash of a TransAsia Airways (????) flight in Taipei Wednesday, according to a report by Chinese state television broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV). Xi reportedly instructed Chinese authorities to get "an accurate grasp on the situation as quickly as possible, actively help with work to rescue the injured, and aid and comfort family members of the victims," the report said. A total of 31 of the 58 people on the ATR-72 turbo-prop that crashed were Chinese nationals. China's Taiwan Affairs Office activated an emergency response mechanism soon after the crash Wednesday morning. It is working with China's Civil Aviation Administration, National Tourism Administration and the provincial government of Fujian and city government of Xiamen to contact the relevant Taiwanese authorities for up-to-date information. CCTV said that the Taiwan Affairs Office has sent a working team to Taiwan to assist. Premier Li Keqiang (???) had earlier called for strengthening communication links with Taiwan to ensure immediate access to information on casualties and provide necessary assistance, according to Chinese media reports. The ATR-72 turbo-prop plane belonging to TransAsia Airways crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei's Nangang District after apparently hitting an elevated expressway. It was carrying 53 passengers and five crew members on a course from Taipei to the outlying island county of Kinmen. As of 9:30 p.m., TransAsia said 25 people had been confirmed dead. A CNA reporter on the scene counted 26 dead.
(By Lawrence Chiu and Elizabeth Hsu)

Updated : 2021-09-22 22:20 GMT+08:00