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TransAsia Airways plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 20:45 GMT+7
TransAsia Airways plane crashes in typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47
A ATR 72 aircraft of TransAsia Airways prepares to take off at Songshan Airport in Taipei

A domestic TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off the west coast of tyhoon-hit Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

"It’s chaotic on the scene," director Jean Shen told Reuters.

The accident happened on one of the Penghu islands, also known as the Pescadores. No more details were immediately available.

Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools.

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based airline with a fleet of around 23 Airbus and ATR aircraft, flying chiefly on domestic routes, but with some flights to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia among its Asian destinations.

Reuters

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