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TransAsia distributes $38,000 to families for plane crash victims' funeral costs

  • With the iconic Taipei 101 building in the background, divers on boats look for missing passengers of crashed TransAsia Airways Flight 235 in a river in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. All 71 pilots who operate TransAsia Airways' ATR propeller-jets began proficiency tests on Saturday, three days after one of the carrier's ATRs crashed into the river. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    With the iconic Taipei 101 building in the background, divers on boats look for missing passengers of crashed TransAsia Airways Flight 235 in a river in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. All 71 pilots who operate TransAsia Airways' ATR propeller-jets began proficiency tests on Saturday, three days after one of the carrier's ATRs crashed into the river. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)  (The Associated Press)

  • Search and rescue divers on a rubber boat continue to look for missing passengers from a commercial airplane crash in a river in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. All 71 pilots who operate TransAsia Airways' ATR propeller-jets began proficiency tests on Saturday, three days after one of the carrier's ATRs crashed into the river. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)

    Search and rescue divers on a rubber boat continue to look for missing passengers from a commercial airplane crash in a river in Taipei, Taiwan, Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. All 71 pilots who operate TransAsia Airways' ATR propeller-jets began proficiency tests on Saturday, three days after one of the carrier's ATRs crashed into the river. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)  (The Associated Press)

TransAsia Airways says it has begun distributing $38,000 to families of passengers who died in last week's crash in Taiwan for funeral costs.

At the river where the propeller-jet crashed, divers on Sunday tried to find the bodies of three people still missing by using metal detectors to locate their watches.

At least 40 people died after the ATR 72 crashed into the Keelung River minutes after takeoff Wednesday. Fifteen people were rescued and three others are missing.

Preliminary investigations indicate the pilots shut off a running engine after its other engine went idle.

Airline representatives met Sunday with Taiwanese families and relatives of passengers from the Chinese mainland, who made up the bulk of those on board.