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TransAsia Airways crashes in Taiwan, killing at least 47

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

At least 47 are dead after a TransAsia Airways flight crash-landed in XiXi village in Taiwan today.

The plane crashed while trying to make an emergency landing in stormy weather in the Penghu Islands off the coast of Taiwan.

The flight from Greater Kaohsiung crashed near the Magong Airport’s runway with 54 passengers and four crew on board.

TransAsia-ATR72

Taiwan’s Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih said that 47 people were confirmed dead and 11 injured. TransAsia Flight GE222, a 70-seat turboprop ATR72 aircraft, had been scheduled to depart Greater Kaohsiung at 4pm yesterday. However, because of Typhoon Matmo it was delayed, not departing until 5:43pm.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration announced that air traffic control personnel received the request from the flight for a go-around at the Magong Airport at 7:06pm, but they lost track of the flight afterward.

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