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Critics decry handling of Taiwan crash

Authorities faced a wave of anger Thursday over what critics said was slow, sloppy and disorganized handling of Taiwan's worst air crash. One newspaper said looters had invaded the crash site.

A China Airlines Airbus A300 jet crashed Monday night as it returned from Bali, killing 202 people, including six people on the ground. Initial reports put the death toll at 203, but police revised that figure Thursday.The dead included five Americans, a U.S. government spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

The cause of the crash has not been determined, and so far there has been no criticism of investigators. But victims' relatives and newspapers excoriated authorities for their handling of victims' bodies.

Many of the bodies were dismembered and badly burned in the crash. By Thursday, only 110 bodies had been tentatively identified and most were still being held for DNA testing.

The remains were wrapped in yellow funeral shrouds and sitting in makeshift coffins in a morgue.

Transport Minister Tsay Jaw-yang caused a public uproar with his comments that the government's handling of the crash was "not much inferior" to Japan's handling of a crash of a China Airlines plane in 1994 that killed 264 people.