47 killed in Taiwan plane’s failed landing

By on July 24, 2014

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TAIPEI — Forty-seven people on board a plane of Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways were killed after a failed emergency landing in the island county of Penghu on Wednesday, Taiwan’s transportation authority has confirmed.

Eleven others have been injured.

The twin-engine ATR-72 turboprop aircraft was carrying 54 passengers and four crew. The plane was traveling from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan to Penghu Islands in the west.

Flight GE 222 was scheduled to take off at 4 p.m., but left Kaohsiung at 5:43 p.m. due to bad weather.

The flight requested to circle above before trying to land at Magong Airport but lost contact with the tower, said Jean Shen, director general of Taiwan’s civil aeronautics administration, at a press conference.

The accident happened as typhoon Matmo arrived in the island with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools.