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Foreign experts inspect Taiwan plane crash site

Published on Jul 26, 2014 7:03 PM
 
Two members of Aviation Safety Council hold the two black boxes from TransAsia Airways flight GE222 that crashed in the Penghu island chain, in Taipei on July 25, 2014. International experts were examining the site of the fatal TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan on Saturday, July 26, 2014, as new evidence surfaced that the plane may have collided with nearby trees before plunging to the ground. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - International experts were examining the site of the fatal TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan on Saturday, as new evidence surfaced that the plane may have collided with nearby trees before plunging to the ground.

Seven French and one Canadian expert representing France's Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, the French-Italian aircraft maker ATR as well as aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney Canada arrived in Taiwan late Friday to help investigate the crash that killed 48 people.

One expert stayed in Taipei to help examine the black boxes - which record cockpit voice and other in-flight data - while the rest flew to Magong earlier on Saturday to examine the wreckage that was moved to an air force base and inspect the crash site, officials said.

"ATR manufactured the plane and they know it the best, the structural engineer and technical specialists will provide us the information needed for the investigation," said Mr Thomas Wang, director of Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council.

 
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