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Chinese and Taiwan presidents set for historic meeting

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (left) will meet Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) on Saturday Credit: Reuters

Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou in Singapore on Saturday, Chinese state news agency Xinhua said on Wednesday.

Xinhua did not elaborate on the meeting, the first between the two sides since the Chinese civil war ended in 1949.

Taiwan's government had earlier announced the meeting, saying the leaders would discuss cross-strait issues.


Ten TransAsia Airways pilots suspended after crash

The plane was carrying 58 people when it crashed shortly after takeoff. Credit: Reuters

Taiwan's aviation authority has ordered the suspension of 10 pilots from TransAsia Airways after one of it's planes crashed killing at least 42 people.

The Civil Aviation Administration said the pilots failed proficiency tests on handling emergency situations given after the crash and need to be retrained.

It said 19 other pilots who did not take the test would also be suspended.

The plane crashed minutes after take-off from Taipei's airport. Fifteen of the 58 people aboard were rescued and one person is still missing.


TransAsia Airways offers crash victim's families £308,000

Families of the 40 victims who died in the crash. Credit: Reuters

Taiwan's TransAsia Airways has offered to pay compensation to relatives of those who died in a plane crash in Taipei last week.

Each of the families will receive £308,000 if they want to accept it after 40 people died on February 4.

Dramatic footage of the plane coming down shortly after takeoff was captured on a dash cam.

A TransAsia spokesman told news agency AFP: "We offered an amount of TW$14.9 million (£308,000) as compensation for each person who died in the accident. We hope to reach a settlement with the families.

"We can fully understand that it would be hard for the families to accept it immediately. Still we hope the representatives could take the proposal back and take it into consideration."

Investigators are still trying to establish what caused last week's crash, but initial reports from the black boxes found the plane's right engine had "flamed out" about two minutes after take-off.

Taiwan plane crash families receive airline money

TransAsia Airways has begun distributing $38,000 (£25,000) to the families of passengers killed in last week's crash in Taiwan for funeral costs.

Teams continue to search the Keelung River in Taiwan. Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

A team of divers continue to search the river where the propeller-jet crashed for the three people still missing, using metal detectors to locate their watches.

At least 40 people died after the ATR 72 crashed into the Keelung River minutes after takeoff on Wednesday. Fifteen people were rescued.

TransAsia tests all pilots after Taiwanese plane crash

Rescuers search through the wreckage of the TransAsia crash in Taiwan. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

TransAsia Airways says all 71 of its ATR pilots have begun proficiency tests after one of the airline's planes crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing at least 36 people.

The airline said it has cancelled 90 flights in the next three days to accommodate the requirement by the Civil Aeronautics Administration that its pilots be retested.

Preliminary investigations indicate the pilots of Wednesday's tragic flight shut off a running engine on the ATR 72 after its other engine went idle, and aviation experts say the move could have been a mistake.

Fifteen people survived after the plane went into a river in the capital Taipei. The pilot, who had 4,900 hours of flying experience, has been hailed a hero for avoiding high rise buildings while the plane came down.

Both engines failed in Taiwan plane just seconds into flight

Both engines of a TransAsia plane which crashed into a river in Taiwan failed in the minutes before it fell from the sky, killing 35 people, authorities have revealed.

The jet was carrying 58 people when the engines stopped producing enough thrust for two minutes, forcing the pilots to try to turn one engine off and restart it.

Blackbox recordings are being examined by investigators Credit: ITV News

Aviation Safety Council chief Thomas Wang said blackbox recordings recovered from the wreckage shows that problems began in the right engine just 37 seconds after takeoff, at 1,200 feet, when it suddenly entered "auto-feather" - meaning it reduces thrust to the propeller.

Problems then developed in the left engine. The crew tried reducing acceleration before attempting to restart it, but it failed to gain enough thrust.

The plane warned of stalling five times before the crash, Mr Wang added. The pilot announced a "flameout", which happens when fuel supply is interrupted, but there had not been one.

Eight people are still missing after the crash.

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