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Taipei officials at crash scene panned over messaging activities

Taipei officials at crash scene panned over messaging activities

Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) Taipei City government officials were criticized Thursday as spending too much time the previous day taking pictures at the site of a plane crash in the city and texting updates to their boss. The search and rescue personnel at Keelung River where the passenger plane crashed had no choice but to ask the city officials to stop taking photographs and desist from constantly messaging Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je. TransAsia's Flight 235 plunged into the river at about 11:02 a.m. Wednesday, shortly after its takeoff from the city's Songshan Airport. It was carrying 58 people, 31 of whom were reported dead, 12 missing, and 15 injured as of Thursday night. A firefighter commander, who asked not to be named, said everyone at the scene should have been concentrating on the search and rescue effort instead of standing idly by, texting their bosses. In a rescue operation, there are teams responsible for collecting information and others whose job is to communicate with the relevant authorities, therefore, there is no need for local governments to send their officials do that, said the firefighter, who also worked on the search and rescue operation when another TransAsia plane crashed in Penghu last July He also criticized the many journalists who were at the crash site Wednesday, saying that their constant pestering of the emergency workers for information only served to hamper the rescue efforts. (By Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-28 21:16 GMT+08:00