TransAsia plane crashes during emergency landing in Taiwan, killing 47

ASEAN+ July 24, 2014 00:00

By Agencies

A plane has crashed in Taiwan while trying to make an emergency landing, killing 47 and 11 others passengers injured, news agencies reported.

The TransAsia Airways flight crashed while trying to land on an island off typhoon-hit Taiwan. Local media reports say the domestic flight slammed into two houses after an aborted landing.

Authorities say TransAsia Airways flight GE222, crashed near the Magong airport on the outlying Penghu island, also known as the Pescadores.

The plane, a 70-seat turboprop ATR 72, crashed near the runway with 54 passengers and four crew on board.

A spokesman for the Penghu County Government Fire Bureau, Hsi Wen-guang, says the weather was bad and it was thunderstorm conditions during the crash," he said. "From the crash site we sent 11 people to hospital with injuries.

"A few empty apartment buildings adjacent to the runway caught fire, but no one was inside at the time and the fire was extinguished."

Local television networks showed footage of TransAsia's president, Chooi Yee-choong, bowing in apology.

"We express our deepest apologies to everyone for this unfortunate event," he said.

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