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Singapore Airlines Reports 49 Dead in Taiwan Crash

Aired October 31, 2000 - 3:00 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

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JAMES BOYD, SINGAPORE AIRLINES SPOKESMAN: ... on hand here, as well as chaplains. We are working with the L.A. County mental health counselors, who are here on site in Los Angeles to provide any assistance to families and friends of these passengers, as well as representatives from the Salvation Army. We will be providing another update in another hour's time, basically, that will be the press conference that comes, or that takes place in Singapore.

Until then, we don't have any other information to provide. Naturally, should additional information become available, we'll make it available to you.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BOYD: That would ask us to speculate as to the cause of the incident. As you can imagine, there is always an investigation that takes place related to any aircraft incident. It would be premature for us to speculate as to the cause of the object on the runway et cetera at this early stage.

QUESTION: Are there still people unaccounted?

BOYD: Once again, that's information that we hope to have very shortly. Once again, we are in very, very early stages of gathering the information from this terrible incident. Once we have additional information, we will make it available to you.

QUESTION: Was another aircraft involved?

BOYD: I am sorry, what was that?

QUESTION: Do you know about where the fatalities were seated, located?

BOYD: Not at this point.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BOYD: I'm sorry.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) BOYD: Let's see. There are 75 passengers -- I'm sorry once again to go over the total numbers for the passengers, a total of 159 passengers that are estimated, based on the most recent information that we have received, 159 passengers, 20 crewmembers. We are receiving information about 69 of those passengers having injuries, one crewmember having injuries. We can confirm that there are 16 passengers, 8 crewmembers, and three technical crew, which would be cockpit crew who are uninjured at this point.

QUESTION: Do you know if how many Americans were on board?

BOYD: We currently have the passenger list. Our office in Los Angeles is dialing through that list to call the friends -- actually the relatives of the passengers onboard that plane. I'm sure we can all agree that once -- it would be only appropriate that once that process is completed, then we can make that passenger list and other information public.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BOYD: Not at this point. The aircraft, a 747-400 carries 400 passengers. It will take us a little bit of time to identify the nationalities of each of the passengers.

QUESTION: Was there another aircraft involved in this accident?

BOYD: We haven't received any information on that at this point?

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BOYD: One hundred fifty-nine passengers, 20 crew.

QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE)

BOYD: Based on the information that we have just received.

QUESTION: What are the types of injuries they are being treated for?

BOYD: We haven't received any specific detail on types of injuries at this point.

Ladies and gentlemen, as I'm sure you can imagine, the information that we have at this point is somewhat limited. As we have additional information, as we promised about an hour ago, we will make it available to you.

If you will excuse me, we will go and try to track down additional information.

WATERS: James Boyd with a lot of work to do today. In the past hour, another two confirmed dead from the crash of the Singapore Airlines 747-400 series. That leaves 46 still unaccounted for. he said the rescue operation continues there in Taipei. So there is little the airline can do before it releases the passenger list to those who are clamoring for it except wait for developments in Taipei. The rescue operation to be complete before they can check the list and determine where they are in this matter.

So far, again, 49 dead, 68 injured, 16 walked away from it, 46 still unaccounted for. As you heard Mr. Boyd say, there are counselors from the crisis, the Red Cross Crisis Center, there are chaplains, there are L.A. County health officials, and members of the Salvation Army on hand in Los Angeles for any family members of victims who may need those services.

Singapore Airlines continues to furiously work this story, and they promise another update for reporters as soon as there's more information available.

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