Death toll in Taiwan plane crash increases to 35
Shortly after takeoff, Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways propjet crashed and the death toll increased to 35 after drivers pulled out four more bodies from the river where the crash happened.
Moments after the takeoff, the pilots reported engine trouble and soon the plane crashed. Taiwanese Vice President Wu Den-yih went to the Taipei funeral parlor to pay respects to the victims and attend the prayer sessions. The island is well known as a tourist destination and most of the visitors are from China and a majority of the flight passengers were from China.
Several relatives of the victims had gathered at the parlor where the bodies were stored and Wu expressed his condolences to them and also praised Liao Chien-chung who piloted the plane and lost his life. It is said that the pilots purposely steered the plane away from buildings and into the river so that loss of other lives can be prevented.
Wu said, “When it came to when it was clear his life would end, (the pilot) meticulously grasped the flight operating system and in the final moments he still wanted to control the plane to avoid harming residents in the housing communities.”
Drivers who work for a local fire agency found four bodies, including one female and three males in poor underwater visibility along the Keelung River bottom nearly 50 meters from the spot where the plane crashed, said a City Fire department official. One of the survivors of the crash said, “I saw others were drowning. If I did not move quickly enough to help them, soon they would be dead.”