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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,” Jean Shen, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, told Reuters.
Eleven injured people had been taken to hospital, the government said. Reports have differed on the number of fatalities since news of the crash first broke.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that the plane was an ATR 72 built by French-Italian aircraft company ATR. According to CNA, the plane had 54 passengers and four crew members.
The flight, TransAsia Airways GE222 was flying domestically from Kaohsiung to Magong, according to CNA.
The accident happened on one of the Penghu islands, also known as the Pescadores.
The flight requested a go-around when it tried to land at Magong airport in inclement weather, but “lost contact” with the tower, CNA cited a Taiwanese official as saying.
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 23 mostly Airbus aircraft, flying chiefly on domestic routes, but with some flights to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia among its Asian destinations.
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—By CNBC with wires