Sunday, December 21, 2014   

Relatives at Taiwan plane crash site
(07-24 11:21)

Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying Thursday to the small Taiwanese island where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48 people. There were 10 survivors.
The ATR-72 operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed into a residential neighborhood on Penghu in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China late Wednesday, authorities said. The plane was on a flight from the city of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan.
Two people aboard the plane were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese, Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih told reporters. The government's Central News Agency identified the French passengers Thursday as Jeromine Deramond and Penelope Luternauer.
The airline said one of the injured 10 survivors had gone home, and that five local residents had been hurt on the ground but they were also treated and released.
The twin-engine turboprop crashed while making a second landing attempt, Yeh said. --AP   
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