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Flags to fly at half-mast to mourn air crash victims

Flags to fly at half-mast to mourn air crash victims

Taipei, Feb. 9 (CNA) Government agencies across the country will fly their flags at half-mast Tuesday in mourning of the victims of the Feb. 4 TransAsia Airways plane crash, the Executive Yuan said Monday. The ATR 72-600 turboprop plane crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei just minutes after taking off from Taipei Songshan Airport. Of the 58 people on board, including five crew members, 40 have been confirmed dead and 15 survived, with three still missing as of Monday afternoon. Flags flew at half-mast in September 1999, following a massive earthquake in central Taiwan that killed more than 2,400 people, and again in August 2009, after 681 lives were lost and 18 people went missing in landslides and floods caused by Typhoon Morakot. The latest national mourning was in August 2014, following the July 31 gas explosions in Kaohsiung that killed 28 people and injured over 300 and the July 23 plane crash, also a TransAsia ATR 72, in the outlying island county of Penghu, which left 48 of the 58 people on board dead. (By Hsieh Chia-chen and Y.F. Low)


Updated : 2021-09-25 00:31 GMT+08:00