TransAsia Airways crashes in Taiwan, at least 40 dead

TransAsia Airways crashes in Taiwan, at least 40 dead

TransAsia Airways crashes in Taiwan, at least 40 dead

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by Doug Stanglin

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 10:37 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 23 at 10:47 AM

(USA Today) -- Over 40 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways plane crashed Wednesday while making an emergency landing in bad weather in the Penghu Islands off the coast of Taiwan.

Taiwan's CNA news agency, which initially put the death toll at 51, reports that the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside Magong airport around 7 p.m.local time. Other reports put the death toll at around 45, with as many as nine people injured.

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Initial news reports said the plane crashed into a residential building.

The British newspaper The Telegraphreports that the 72-seater plane was carrying 50 adults and four children. TransAsia is a regional airline based in the Taiwan capital Taipei.

CNA said Flight GE 222 had taken off from Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second largest city, and was scheduled to land at Magong 35 minutes later.

Magong is located in Taiwan's Penghu Islands, which are also known as the Pescadores. The islands are an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait.

Although the center of Typhoon Matmo had already swept through the islands, heavy rain and strong winds from the system continued to batter the area.

A radar image from the moment of the plane crash shows heavy rain over the area, AccuWeather reports.

"Terrible weather in Penghu Island where the plane crashed," according to a tweet from CNN International meteorologist Brandon Miller. He reported that 10 inches of rain had fallen Wednesday, with winds up to 47 mph.

Airports in the adjacent mainland Chinese province of Fujian had cancelled flights and trains ahead of Matmo's arrival.

Calum MacLeod reported from Beijing. Contributring: Doyle Rice in McLean, Va.

 

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