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Chinese authorities to take part in TranAsia crash probe (update)

Chinese authorities to take part in TranAsia crash probe (update)

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) Investigators from China will take part in a probe into the TransAsia Airways (????) crash in Taipei that occurred Wednesday, marking the first collaboration of its kind across the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council (ASC, ?????????) said Thursday. The authorities of a nation of which passengers in an air incident are nationals have the right to take part in such investigations, an ASC executive said, citing the Convention on International Civil Aviation. Of the 58 people on TransAsia Airways flight GE235, including five crew members, 32 were confirmed dead and 11 remained missing as of late Thursday morning. There were 31 Chinese tourists on board the flight bound for Taiwan's offshore island of Kinmen. It was not immediately known how many Chinese officials will come to Taiwan for the investigation or when they are due to arrive. The ATR72-600 turboprop plane crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei City just minutes after taking off from Taipei Songshan Airport at 10:52 a.m. Wednesday. The plane's two black boxes -- its flight data recorder and cockpit voice recorder -- were retrieved Wednesday. The fuselage and other parts of the plane, which was broken into three main pieces and burrowed into the riverbed, were pulled out of the river early Thursday. As rescue work continued Thursday morning, life and metal detectors were employed to look for possible survivors and debris from the aircraft. Divers were also deployed to try to recover the debris. An initial investigation shows that the accident could have been caused by an engine failure. The ATR72-600 plane was produced by French-Italian aircraft manufacturer ATR. Its engines were supplied by a Canadian manufacturer. While investigators from France were scheduled to arrive in Taiwan later Thursday, others from Canada were expected to arrive the following day. The Civil Aeronautics Administration has ordered local carriers to ground the nation's total of 22 ATR72 planes pending inspections. (By Wang Shu-fen, Jay Chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-21 17:25 GMT+08:00