Taiwan plane crash: TransAsia Airways crash kills at least 40

Taiwan plane crash: TransAsia Airways crash kills at least 40


A plane has crashed off the coast of Taiwan,
killing 47 people and injuring 11. The TranAsia accident happened as the pilot
was making second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on the island of Penghu. The ATR-72 aircraft was carrying 54 passengers
and four crew members when it crashed near the runway, setting buildings on fire. About 100 firefighters were called to the
scene, as well as 152 military personnel and 255 police, according to a government spokesperson. The plane was flying from southern Taiwan
and heading for the island of Makong but was caught up in the fatal storm. Visibility was
thought to have been 1,600 metres, and the cloud cover was as low as 600 metres. Typhoon Matmo hit Taiwan yesterday, bringing
heavy rain and strong winds but as it passed over island toward China, it downgraded from
typhoon to a tropical storm. According to officials, air traffic control said
the weather at the time of the crash had not exceeded international regulations for landing.

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