Typhoon 'caused Taiwan plane crash' which killed 48

A typhoon is suspected of causing a TransAsia Airways passenger plane to crash in Taiwan's Penghu County killing 48 people. The airline said two of the victims were French while the rest were Taiwanese.

Ten people survived with minor injuries. A further five people were hurt on the ground but have since been released from hospital.

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Typhoon 'caused Taiwan plane crash' which killed 48

A typhoon is suspected of causing a Taiwan TranAsia Airways flight to crash on a small Taiwanese island killing 48 people, The Associated Press reports.

Relatives of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries. Credit: Reuters

The ATR-72 aircraft was carrying 58 passengers and crew when it crashed into houses on the Penghu island between Taiwan and China last night.

Two of the passengers killed were French citizens and the rest Taiwanese, airline representative Phoebe Lu said.

Ten of the injured survivors of the flight have reportedly gone home. Five local residents were hurt on the ground but have since been released from hospital.

A man wades through a flooded street after the typhoon hit the island of Penghu. Credit: Reuters

Taiwan crash scene 'chaotic' on Penghu island

A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan.

Rescue personnel survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight. Credit: REUTERS/Wong Yao-wen

47 people were killed and the burning debris set buildings on fire, officials have said.

"It's chaotic [at] the scene," Jean Shen, director of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, told Reuters.

A car is seen covered in rubble from the wreckage. Credit: REUTERS/Wong Yao-wen
A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries. Credit: REUTERS

Eleven injured people on the plane were taken to hospital, the government said.

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Taiwan plane crash 'leaves at least 47 people dead'

A TransAsia Airways flight crashed on an island off the coast of typhoon-hit Taiwan, leaving at least 47 people dead, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

The plane, which had 54 passengers and four crew on board, was a 70-seat turboprop ATR 72 and crashed near the runway, the body said.

Director Jean Shen told Reuters: "It's chaotic on the scene".

The government said 11 injured people had been taken to hospital.

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