Liu Kezhi, secretary-general of the Association for Tourism Exchange Across the Taiwan Straits has expressed “strong dissatisfaction” with the island state following an accident on Tuesday which killed 26 people aboard a tour bus.

The coach was carrying 24 visitors from mainland China as well as a Taiwanese driver and tour guide. On the way to the Taoyuan airport it crashed and caught fire, killing all onboard.

Photo: TVBS.

The families of the victims arrived in Taipei on Thursday to identify the bodies at a funeral parlour at Zhongli. Liu paid respects to the deceased and criticised Taiwan for repeated accidents involving mainland tourists and the casualties that ensued, state media Global Times reported.

“Regarding the occurrence of another huge accident [on Tuesday], we express our deepest dissatisfaction,” Liu said. Liu added that the Chinese government has asked Taiwan several times to implement policies to ensure the safety of mainland tourists, and urged the Taiwan authorities to investigate the cause of the accident as well as who was responsible, Oriental Daily reported.

Liu Kezhi.

Administrative Deputy Minister of Taiwan’s Ministry of Transportation and Communications Fan Chih-Ku said that he understood Liu’s discontent, and the government will conduct a comprehensive review and work hard to overcome shortcomings.

The bodies will be cremated on Sunday and families are scheduled to leave Taiwan with their ashes the following day.

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