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Taiwan buses recalled after deadly fire disaster
by Staff Writers
Taipei (AFP) July 20, 2016

Seaplane hits bridge in Shanghai, killing five: govt
Shanghai (AFP) July 20, 2016 - An amphibious plane crashed into a highway bridge on the edge of the Chinese commercial hub Shanghai on Wednesday, killing five people and injuring five more, according to the city government and local media.

The plane, owned by airline Joy General Aviation, was taking off on a flight to neighbouring Zhejiang province with 10 people on board including the crew, when it hit the bridge in Jinshan district shortly after midday, the Shanghai government said in a statement.

Photos posted online by Shanghai media platform "The Paper" showed the plane with its nose on the bridge and its tail on the water.

The local government said those on board included the pilot, co-pilot and eight passengers but did not identify them. Passengers included journalists reporting on the trial flight, the company's first using the aircraft, the Shanghai Daily newspaper said.

The operator, which flies from a base in Zhejiang, bills itself as the first aviation company in China to widely use amphibious aircraft. It offers short flights for tourists to nearby islands as well as sightseeing tours and charters.

The plane was identified by local media as a Cessna 208B, a variation that uses floats in place of landing gear.

Textron Aviation, maker of Cessna aircraft, expressed condolences.

"Textron Aviation is aware there was an accident involving a Joy Air-operated Cessna Caravan that resulted in some fatalities today at Jinshan, Shanghai," it said in a statement to AFP.

"We offer our sincere condolences to the families who lost a loved one; our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this tragic event."

Taiwan authorities ordered some tour buses off the road Wednesday after one caught fire and killed 26 on board as questions swirl over why emergency doors and windows did not open.

Local media reported that bodies were found stacked at the escape routes at the back of the bus full of Chinese tourists, which caught fire then crashed through an expressway barrier Tuesday on its way to Taipei's main airport in Taoyuan.

Investigators believe mechanical or electrical failure near the driver's seat may have led to the disaster, according to reports.

The China Times said preliminary investigations had also found emergency door handles may have been distorted by heat from the inferno inside the bus.

Pictures from the scene showed two men outside the bus trying to smash windows open with fire extinguishers.

One eyewitness said trapped passengers inside the bus had been pounding on the windows as it careered off the road.

Four buses belonging to the Mei Kui Shih Transportation Company -- which operated the tour bus -- were ordered off the road, Taiwan's highways department said.

Another 16 buses of the same model, used by other tour companies, will have a compulsory inspection within the next week, the department said.

Prosecutors in Taoyuan district questioned the bus operator and travel agency Tuesday night and were continuing to investigate Wednesday.

They told AFP they were unable as yet to speculate on the causes of the accident.

"(We) will conduct a second examination of the scene and vehicle to identify the cause," they said in a statement.

A post-mortem will be carried out on the body of the driver to determine the state of his health, the statement added.

Chinese officials are due to land Wednesday afternoon and arrangements are being made for family members to come to Taiwan, according to the island's Mainland Affairs Council.

Relatives will undergo DNA tests to help identify the bodies, prosecutors said.

The tour group of 24 visitors from China's northeastern city of Dalian were heading to the airport for their flight home after an eight-day trip around the island when the bus caught fire, swerving sharply before ramming into the expressway barrier.

All died, including three children, along with the driver and tour guide who were both Taiwanese.

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