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Taiwan official says Beijing role in crash probe is legal

Taiwan official says Beijing role in crash probe is legal

Taipei, Jan. 5 (CNA) Letting Chinese officials take part in the probe of Wednesday's air crash in Taipei is allowed by Taiwanese law, Taiwan's top body in charge of China affairs said Thursday. Mainland Affairs Council deputy chief Wu Mei-hung (???) cited the Aviation Safety Council, which is in charge of the probe, as saying that both Taiwan's Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act and international conventions allow countries which manufacture the aircraft or engines of the crashed plane, or whose citizens are among the victims, to join investigations where the accident occurred and help handle the aftermath. China said it will send officials to help with the investigation into the Wednesday crash of a TransAsia airways plane in which 18 of 31 Chinese tourists onboard had been confirmed dead, Wu said, but China has not yet said who the officials are. Wu cited as a precedent for the collaboration the 2010 accident in which a Singapore Airlines plane crashed at Taoyuan International Airport. Australia sent experts to join Taiwan's investigation at the time as its citizens were among the dead in that accident, said Wu. Earlier Thursday, Ma Xiaoguang (???), a spokesman for China's Taiwan Affairs Office, said in Beijing that China will send officials on the invitation of Taipei to take part in the investigation of Wednesday's crash. He added the arrangements are part of an agreement between the two sides to invite the other to take part in probes of major air crashes involving its own citizens. (By Ozzy Yin and Maubo Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-26 04:48 GMT+08:00