Images published online showing a group of women posing for a photo at the TransAsia Airways plane crash site in Taipei has infuriated web users.
Flight GE235 plunged into the Keelung River yesterday, shortly after taking off from Taipei’s Songshan Airport. At least 32 people were killed in the crash, officials in Taiwan said today, as 11 more remain missing.
Three women were spotted happily posing and flashing peace signs in front of the river, where rescuers were desperately searching for victims near the destroyed ATR-72 turboprop.
“We haven’t called off the rescue, which means we will continue making every effort to save passengers still alive,” one rescue team member said in a press briefing. “So we strongly suggest people nearby do not consider this scene […] a scenic spot because our rescue mission will probably be obstructed if too many people come ‘visit’ here.”
While most people have taken to social media to spread condolences and express sympathy towards those who lost loved ones in the crash, one Taiwanese man came under fire for posting a picture on Facebook of him and his child smiling, with the caption: “I sincerely hope all 31 mainland tourists on board died!!! Please”.
Unsurprisingly, web users snapped at the man in the comment section of his post.
“You are just an animal”, one person wrote on Facebook. “You may need to see a psychologist.”
The plane was carrying a total of 58 people, 31 of whom were passengers from mainland China.
by Luke Sun
[Images via iFeng News.]