DFA: No Pinoys in Taiwan plane crash

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


MANILA (Updated) -- There was no Filipino national that was on board the ill-fated Trans-Asia Airways plane that crashed last Wednesday in Taiwan, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said.

In a text message, DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said they have already received confirmation from the Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) that no Filipino was among the passengers of Flight GE222.

"Our representative office in Taiwan has confirmed that there were no Filipinos on board the Trans-Asia plane that crashed last Wednesday," said Jose.

On Wednesday, 48 people died when the Trans-Asia Airways plane crashed at Magong in Penghu islands in Taiwan.

Only 10 survived in the domestic flight that was carrying 54 passengers and four crewmembers before tragedy struck.

The plane supposedly crashed as it was trying to land for a second time after aborting the first attempt during thunder and heavy rain.

The absence of Filipino nationals was welcome news for the Philippines after three Filipinos were killed just last week on board Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17.

Filipinos Irene Gunawan, 54, and her two children, Sherryl Shania Gunawan, 14, and Darryl Dwight Gunawan, 20, were killed after Flight MH17 was allegedly shot down in Ukraine last July 17 as it was on its way to Kuala Lumpur from Amsterdam. (HDT/Sunnex)

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