Taipei, Dec. 15 (CNA) A Kaohsiung resident who survived a plane crash in last year on the outlying island of Penghu has donated fire-fighting equipment worth nearly NT$1 million (US$30,571) to the Fire Bureau under the Penghu county government.
More than a year after TransAsia flight GE 222 crashed on Penghu, Chang Chih-jen (張智仁), one of the 10 survivors of the crash, showed his gratitude to the rescuers who saved his life by pulling him from the wreckage of the blazing aircraft.
In return for Chang's generosity, the Penghu county government presented him with a certificate of appreciation.
Chang, however, did not show up at the donation ceremony Tuesday because he has not fully recovered from the injuries he sustained in the crash, said Hung Yung-peng (洪永澎), chief of the Penghu Fire Bureau.
TransAsia flight GE 222, which took off from Kaohsiung on the evening of July 23, 2014, crashed on Penghu after aborting a landing in bad weather and attempting a go-around.
Forty-eight of the 58 people aboard were killed in the crash, including all four crew members.
NTSB Identification: ENG14WA021
Accident occurred Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in Makung, Taiwan
Aircraft: ATR 72-500, registration:
Injuries: 58 Fatal.
The foreign authority was the source of this information.
The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan provided this information: On July 23, 2014, an ATR 72-212A, registered B-22810, operated by Transasia, took off from Kaohsiung bound for Magong. The crew was directed to enter a holding pattern because of reported visibility under VOR minima on the airfield and then was vectored as the visibility was reported to 1600m. The crew started the VOR DME to runway 20 and started the descent. Heavy showers were reported around the airfield during the final approach. The aircraft impacted trees located about 850m North east of the runway axis and finally impacted a block of house around 730m east of the threshold 20.
The Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan, Republic of China, is investigating the accident.
All inquiries concerning this accident should be directed to the Aviation Safety Council of Taiwan at:
Aviation Safety Council
11 Floor, No. 200, Sec.3, Beixin Rd.,
Xindian City, New Taipei County 231,
Taiwan, Republic of China
Phone: 886-935628217 or 886-289127388