Parents of French air-crash victim arrive in Taiwan

Staff writer, with CNA

Wed, Jul 30, 2014 - Page 3

The parents of one of the French students who died in a TransAsia Airways crash in the island county of Penghu last week have arrived in Taiwan to handle the aftermath of their daughter’s death.

The parents of Jeromine Deramond, a 23-year-old French woman who had come to Taiwan on a one-month exchange program in medicine, arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport yesterday before traveling to Taipei.

The bodies of Deramond and another French woman who died in the crash were transported from Penghu to Taipei by plane on Saturday.

Officials from France’s representative office in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of TransAsia Airways are assisting Deramond’s parents in making any arrangements necessary.

The French Office in Taipei would not say if or when relatives of the other French victim of the crash, Penelope Luternauer, would come to Taiwan.

National Taiwan University (NTU) said the two women were apparently on their way to Penghu for sightseeing after finishing the program at the university that began early last month.

They had served as clinical interns for about a month, according to NTU’s School of Medicine.

Deramond and Luternauer were among the 48 people killed when TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crashed near the airport in Penghu at about 7pm on Wednesday last week in stormy conditions. The 10 other people on board suffered injuries.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.