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Taiwan plane crash survivors recovering in hospital

Of the 10 passengers who survived the TransAsia Airways crash in Taiwan, one has been discharged after suffering from slight injuries, while the rest are recovering in hospitals.

TAIWAN: Of those onboard ill-fated TransAsia Airways flight GE222, 48 people were killed while 10 survived. 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 (July 23) in stormy weather.

A 28-year-old woman surnamed Chen with slight injuries has been discharged, while the rest of the victims are recovering in hospitals in Penghu, Kaohsiung and Taipei.

One woman remains on Penghu at the Tri-Service General Hospital. Doctors say the victim, also surnamed Chen, has intracerebral haemorrhage and her condition remains unstable. She is considered not fit to fly back to mainland Taiwan for treatment.

Meanwhile, according to Kaohsiung Medical University Chung-Ho Memorial Hospital, a 44-year old man surnamed Chang who flew in on Thursday underwent a second surgery overnight in order to stabilise his condition. At the Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, five passengers who suffer from minor injuries are said to be in stable condition.

In Taipei, a 10-year-old girl surnamed Lee and another man surnamed Chang are in stable condition. The girl, who suffers from minor burns and smoke inhalation, was conscious when Taiwanese President Ma Ying -jeou paid her a visit on Thursday.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said that the identities of 10 more victims were still being verified, and are expected to be confirmed by the end of Saturday. Seven bodies were transported to Kaohsiung on Friday, and four more, including two French medical students, were flown to Taipei on Saturday.

The CAA also said that five foreign investigators will arrive in Magong on Saturday to assist in the probe of the plane crash. There are no conclusive findings yet from the investigation, and authorities are still currently collecting evidence. 

It added that debris from the plane crash has been carefully removed from the crash site to avoid tampering of evidence. Two hours of flight information has also been found and downloaded from the GE222 black boxes. 

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