Woman killed in plane crash
A woman was killed and a man seriously injured Sunday after their light aircraft plowed into a mountain in mist, rescuers said. Lin Chun-yi (林君怡), 38, was dead by the time rescuers arrived at the site in the remote Meishan area, southern Chiayi county, rescuers said. The victim's boyfriend, identified as 38-year-old Liu Ming-chuan (劉明銓), suffered 80-percent burns and was undergoing emergency treatment, rescuers said. Police were investigating the cause of the crash.
Ma's father in coma
Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Chairman and Taipei Mayor Ma Ying-jeou's (馬英九) father Ma Ho-ling (馬鶴凌) slipped into a coma after suffering a heart attack yesterday afternoon. After first aid was performed at Cathay General Hospital, Ma Ho-ling regained a pulse, but remained in a coma, according to the hospital. Ma Ying-jeou rushed to the hospital right away when informed about his father's condition. Swamped by media after visiting his father, Ma walked to the car quickly without uttering a word. Wu Yong-long (吳永隆), chief of the emergency room at the hospital, said Ma Ho-ling was sent to the hospital at around 3:45pm. He had no signs of life upon arrival, but his heart began beating again after first aid was administered. "He is still in a coma, and the hospital has put him on the danger list. The following day or two will be critical," he said during a press conference yesterday at the hospital. Taipei City's Department of Information, which sent out a text message to reporters that said Ma Ho-ling had died of a sudden heart attack, later apologized.
■ Cross-strait ties
Fruit imports a plot: Lu
Vice President Annette Lu (呂秀蓮) yesterday urged the public not to be fooled by Beijing's decision to allow imports of fruit from Taiwan, calling the gesture a conspiracy. During a barnstorming tour to drum up support for Tainan County chief Su Huan-chih (蘇煥智), who is seeking a second term in elections in December, Lu said that Taiwan's fruit, much of which is produced in Tainan County, is of world-class quality and that it should be exported to Japan, Europe and the US instead of China. Lu said that shipping Taiwanese fruit to China provided China's agriculture sector with opportunities to conduct research on the produce with the intention of cultivating similar products over much larger areas at a much cheaper cost, and eventually dumping them in the Taiwan market. Lu called Beijing's decision to allow imports of Taiwanese fruit to China a political conspiracy.
Roche to enter Tamiflu talks
The nation will hold talks with Swiss pharmaceutical firm Roche on co-production of the anti-bird flu drug Tamiflu on Nov. 8, the Central News Agency (CNA) said yesterday. Taiwan's trade representative to Switzerland Wang Shih-jung (王世榕) will hold talks with David Reddy, influenza pandemic taskforce leader of Roche, at Roche's headquarters in Basel, CNA said in a dispatch from Geneva. "I have not been authorized [by Taiwan] to discuss cooperation in producing Tamiflu. The aim of the talks is to arrange for Taiwan and Roche to launch formal talks as soon as possible," CNA quoted Wang as saying.