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Parents of French victim in Penghu crash landing touch down in Taiwan

TAIPEI -- Parents of one of the French victims who died in a TransAsia Airways crash in the outlying island county of Penghu last week have arrived in Taiwan to handle the aftermath of their daughter's death.

The parents of Jeromine Deramond, a 23 year-old French woman who had come to Taiwan on a one-month exchange program in medicine, arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport on Tuesday and later went to Taipei.

The bodies of Deramond and another French woman who died in the crash were transported from Penghu to Taipei by plane last Saturday.

Officials from France's representative office in Taiwan, Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representatives of TransAsia Airways are assisting Deramond's parents in making any arrangements necessary.

The French Office in Taipei would not say if or when relatives of the other French victim in the crash, Penelope Luternauer, will come to Taiwan.

National Taiwan University (NTU) said the two women were apparently on their way to Penghu for sightseeing after finishing their program at the university that began in early June.

They had served as clinical interns for about a month, according to NTU's School of Medicine.

Deramond and Luternauer were among the 48 people killed when TransAsia Airways flight GE222 crashed near the airport in Penghu at about 7 p.m. on July 23 in stormy conditions. The 10 other people on board were injured to varying degrees.

The flight took off from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan for the half-hour flight when Penghu was still under the influence of Typhoon Matmo.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing.

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