China Airlines flight CI 611 with 225 people on board crashed into the sea near Penghu yesterday afternoon after taking off from Taipei en route to Hong Kong.
\nThe search-and-rescue effort was still underway and no survivors had been discovered as of press time last night. More than 100 bodies have been spotted, according to a China Airlines spokesman.
\nThe cause of the crash is still under investigation.
\nThe Boeing 747-200, which took off from CKS International Airport at 3:08pm, disappeared from radar screens at around 3:30pm, when it was about 19km from Makung city, officials said.
\nAccording to China Airlines' records, the plane was carrying 206 passengers, three of whom were infants, and 19 crew members.
\nAll 19 crew members as well as 190 passengers on board were Taiwanese, including two United Daily News reporters and a former legislator.
\nIn addition to 14 Hong Kong, Macau and Chinese residents, foreign passengers also included one Singaporean, identified as Sim Yong-joo, and one Swiss, identified as Luigi Heer.
\nThe air force and coast guard sent ships and helicopters to search for the plane as soon as the accident was reported, with the first body found at about 6:14pm around the port of Chihkan, located north of Penghu Island.
\nThe Executive Yuan established an emergency command center headed by Minister of Transportation and Communications Lin Lin-san (
PHOTO: CHANG CHIA-MING, TAIPEI TIMES
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