47 dead, 11 injured in Taiwan plane crash

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As many as 45 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan’s Penghu islands Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

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PENGHU ISLANDS, Taiwan — Forty-seven people were killed and 11 were injured in Wednesday’s plane crash on one of Taiwan’s Penghu Islands, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported. CNA cited Taiwanese Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih.

The crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m., CNA reported earlier.

ETTV is reporting that the plane crashed into a residential building.

Witnesses described seeing homes on fire, the affiliate said.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known.

Some media reports said the plane was making a crash landing prompted by strong winds from Typhoon Matmo, which hit Taiwan early Wednesday, according to CNA.

The plane, an ATR 72, had taken off from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, CNA reported. The Penghu Islands are off the main Taiwanese island’s west coast.

There were 54 passengers and four crew aboard the flight, said Jean Shen, the director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, at a news conference.

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