Report: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing nearly 50

Taiwan plane crash
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Taiwan's Central News Agency reports a plane has crashed in a failed emergency landing, killing 47 people and injuring 11.

The news agency cited the head of the fire department in the Taiwanese county of Penghu as saying that seven people were also injured in the crash.

The report cites the Civil Aviation Administration as saying the flight crashed Wednesday with 54 passengers and four flight crew and was operated by a Taiwanese airline, TransAsia Airways.

The report says the plane likely crashed when an attempt to make an emergency landing in the city of Magong amid heavy rain and gusty winds from former Typhoon Matmo. AccuWeather reports outer rain bands of Matmo would have been lashing the area with downpours and strong winds.


Torrential rainfall rates of 2-4 inches per hour were recorded when contact was lost with the plane at 7:06 p.m. local time, along with wind gusts of more than 30 mph.

As Matmo lashed Taiwan Tuesday into Wednesday, rainfall totals topped 1-2 feet with wind gusts exceeding 100 mph at the height of the storm.

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