Military planes, helicopters and up to 60 vessels scouring choppy seas yesterday found 82 bodies as well as debris from the China Airlines plane that plunged into the Taiwan Strait on Saturday, but the two critical flight recorders on board have yet to be found.
\nSearch crews have received some weak signals believed to have originated from the recorders, Minister of Transportation and Communication Lin Lin-san (林陵三) said at a press conference yesterday evening.
\nNavy vessels were continuing their search for the exact location of those signals yesterday, Lin added.
\nThe two devices, the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder, are vital in establishing the probable cause of the crash.
\nAs of press time, search crews had found 82 bodies in the waters near the Penghu Islands and identified 36 of them.
\nTwenty-eight bodies were identified as of press time, of which 24 were taken away by bereaved relatives. Six were transported to Taipei yesterday evening on an Air Force Cargo C-130 that departed for Taipei's Sunshang Airport at 8:10pm.
\nAt around 7pm, the first victim of the crash returning to Taiwan was placed in a coffin and moved into the cargo plane at the Makung Air Force base amid Buddhist chants and a soothing breeze.
\n"His name is Chu Yi-shun (
PHOTO: GEORGE TSORNG, TAIPEI TIMES
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