Most TransAsia Survivors Seated on Left Side

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Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, on July 24, 2014.

Most survivors of TransAsia Airways Corp. Flight GE222 that crashed last week were assigned seats on the left side and in the center to rear of the plane, according to documents provided by the company.

Seven of the 10 who lived through the July 23 crash had seats on the left side of the single-aisle, 72-seat ATR72-500 aircraft, based on a seating chart and survivor list from TransAsia. The front rows were mostly empty, according to the documents.

Alison Kao, a spokeswoman for the Taipei-based carrier, didn’t answer calls seeking comment on the seating arrangements.

Forty-eight people died last week after the twin-engine turboprop crashed into houses near Magong airport on Taiwan’s Penghu Islands amid rain and wind. The pilot of the 13-year-old aircraft, among eight of its type operated by TransAsia, had 22 years of experience, while the co-pilot had around 2.5 years, according to the company.

Four of the survivors walked away from the crash and knocked on a nearby resident’s door asking for help, witnesses said last week. Three of those were women who appeared to be in their 30s and the fourth was a man believed to be in his 60s, the witnesses said.

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