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Taiwan airline sorry for crash as relatives blast chairman

Published on Jul 25, 2014 1:40 PM
 
Soldiers remove the wreckage of a TransAsia Airways turboprop plane that crashed on the rooftop, on Taiwan's offshore island Penghu on July 25, 2014. Taiwan's TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers on Friday, July 25, 2014, pledging to shoulder the "utmost responsibility" after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MAGONG, Taiwan (AFP) - Taiwan's TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers on Friday, pledging to shoulder the "utmost responsibility" after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather.

It came as airline chairman Vincent Lin was confronted by grieving relatives as he was paying respects to the dead at the crash site in the Penghu islands after flying in on Friday morning.

The domestic flight from Kaohsiung in Taiwan's southwest was carrying 54 passengers and four crew when it plunged into houses in Magong in the Penghu islands Wednesday, leaving just 10 survivors, some of them badly injured. Two French medical students were among the dead.

"TransAsia and its staff express our deepest condolences for those who died on Flight GE222 and offer our apologies to the relatives and the injured," it said in a statement covering half the front page of four Taiwanese dailies and a business paper.

 
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