Plane Crashes in Taiwan, 51 People Dead

Plane likely crashed when attempting to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong.


A passenger plane of TransAsia Airways, a Taiwanese airline, crashed late Wednesday in a failed emergency landing on the island of Penghu, causing 47 deaths, the state-run Central News Agency reported.

Flight GE222, which was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members, took off from Kaohsiung International Airport in southern Taiwan at 5.43 pm (0943 GMT) and was headed to Penghu's Magong Airport.

Penghu has been hit with heavy rains and strong winds due to the passage of Typhoon Matmo.

Taiwanese transportation authorities said the plane caught fire after it landed at the end of a runway.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih told the Taiwanese news agency that 47 people had died and the remaining 11 had escaped with injuries.

"We are still integrating the whole situation," Yeh told reporters in Taipei.
Yeh said he would fly to Penghu early Thursday alongside a group of investigators.