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Taiwan pilot hailed as hero for avoiding built-up areas

Taipei

TAIWAN rescuers scoured a river for 12 people still missing from a TransAsia plane crash on Thursday as the pilot was hailed as a hero for apparently battling to avoid hitting built-up areas shortly after issuing a "mayday" call.

Hundreds of rescuers in boats, as well as divers and soldiers mounted the search in the chilly waters, as the death toll rose to 31 with more bodies located including those of the pilot and co-pilot, authorities said.

The TransAsia ATR 72-600 crashed shortly after take-off...

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