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Condolences flow into Taiwan in wake of fatal plane crash

Condolences flow into Taiwan in wake of fatal plane crash

Taipei, Feb. 5 (CNA) Taiwan continued Thursday to receive messages of condolences from other countries over the casualties suffered in a TransAsia Airways (????) crash in Taipei the previous day. The ATR 72 aircraft plunged into the Keelung River on Wednesday morning shortly after takeoff, carrying 58 people, 31 of whom were confirmed dead, 12 missing and 15 injured, as of Thursday night. Japan's representative to Taiwan Mikio Numata (????) sent letters of condolence to President Ma Ying-jeou (???), Foreign Minister David Lin (???), and Lee Chia-chin (???), head of the Taiwan agency that handles relations with Japan. In the letters, Numata offered his heartfelt sympathy to the families of the victims, according to Japan's Interchange Association in Taipei. In a similar vein, Frederic Laplanche, head of the European Economic and Trade Office extended his deepest sympathy to the families of the victims in the plane crash, at a press event Thursday in Taipei. The Australian Office in Taipei also said in a statement that it wished to express its "sincerest condolences to the families and friends of the victims of the tragic TransAsia Airways plane crash in Taipei." "We hope that those who were injured make a speedy recovery," the office said. Meanwhile, the Turkish Trade Office in Taipei expressed its condolences to the families of the victims. The German Institute in Taipei also issued a similar statement on its website, extending its condolences over the crash. Other countries that have sent messages of condolence include Canada, France, the United Kingdom and the United States. On Wednesday, Pope Francis conveyed his condolences to the families of those who died in the crash, saying he was saddened by the news. Flight GE235 crashed shortly after it took off from Taipei Songshan Airport en route to Taiwan's Kinmen islands, which lie just off the east coast of China. Search teams, including divers, were still combing the Keelung River as of Thursday evening. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-20 01:49 GMT+08:00