Thirty-five bodies recovered from Taiwan crash

TAIPEI, 6th February, 2015 (WAM) — Four more bodies have been found in Taipei as rescuers expanded their search of the river where a commercial passenger plane crashed.

TransAsia Airways flight GE235 left Taipei’s Songshan Airport on Wednesday morning with 53 passengers and five crew members on board but hurtled into a river soon after take-off.

Two of the bodies were found about 100 metres downstream from the main crash site. The total number of dead stands at 35, after the Civil Aeronautics Administration confirmed earlier Friday that 31 people had been killed.

State-run Central News Agency had reported on Thursday that the death toll was 31, but later amended its figures.

Fifteen people remain in hospital, with the remaining victims still missing. A group religious ceremony was performed by relatives of victims on the banks of the river as the search operation continued early on Friday.

More than 300 rescuers, including 50 divers, were involved in an expanded search for missing people in the Keelung River, the Taipei City Fire Department said.