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16 dead in GE222 crash still being verified: TransAsia

Taiwanese airline company says death certificates for 32 of those who were killed from the crash have been issued, but 16 more are still undergoing DNA test.

MAGONG (TAIWAN): TransAsia Airways said on Friday (July 25) that of the 48 people who were killed when flight GE222 crashed at Magong, the identities of 16 were still being verified. The airline also said it has started to clear the crash site.

The Taiwanese airline said that of the 48 dead, 23 people are from Penghu Island, 21 from Kaohsiung, two from Taipei, and two from France. Death certificates for 32 have been issued, while another 16 are still undergoing DNA tests, it added.

It said TransAsia staff will accompany the families of those who were on board GE222, and help with their meals, accommodation, medical treatment and funeral arrangements.

As for the crash site, the airline operator said it has begun work with the Civil Aeronautics Administration to clear the wreckage from site. It will take two to three working days to get the main debris off the site, it added.

TransAsia also said luggage and other items at the scene are being sorted, and it hopes to complete the process by Friday so that families can claim the items.

The airline said it is in contact with the village chief and residents regarding the homes that were damaged in the crash.

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