Rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage where TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crashed the night before near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014.
MAGONG: Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways ran an apology on the front pages of five major newspapers, pledging to shoulder the “utmost responsibility” after 48 people died when one of its planes crashed in stormy weather.
It came yesterday after grieving relatives confronted airline chairman Vincent Lin as he was paying respects to the dead at a funeral home, and as it emerged that a 10-year-old survivor battling burn injuries had been rescued at great risk by two fellow passengers.
“TransAsia and its staff express our deepest condolences for those who died on Flight GE222 and offer our apologies to the relatives and the injured,” it said in a statement covering half the front page of five newspapers.
“TransAsia pledges to the deceased, the survivors and their relatives as well as Penghu residents who were injured to shoulder the utmost responsibility and make every effort to deal with the aftermath and provide the best compensation.”
Meanwhile, Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou visited 10-year-old Lee Wei-tung, who was rescued by two fellow passengers, themselves also wounded, from the wreckage of the plane.
Lee was transferred to a Taipei hospital for treatment and is in stable condition.
Ma lauded her rescuers for endangering their lives to save the girl.