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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.
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.
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.

REUTERS/Wong Yao-wen
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
A car is seen covered in rubble from the wreckage. Credit: REUTERS/Wong Yao-wen
A relative cries after hearing of her loss.
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.

More: Scores dead in Taiwan passenger plane crash

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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.

Read: Scores dead in Taiwan passenger plane crash

China hails historic visit to Taiwan as 'success'

China's top official in charge of relations with Taiwan has visited the self-ruled island, hailing the trip as "historic", despite violent protests that forced him to cancel several meetings.

A pro-democracy activist scuffles with police officers in Taiwan. Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The visit by Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Affairs Office, marked the first such trip by such a senior mainland official in 65 years since the Nationalists fled after losing a civil war to China's Communists in 1949.

Falun Gong members take part in a protest as Zhang Zhijun Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

Throughout his tour of the island, Mr Zhang was greeted by protesters. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the pro-independence southern port of Kaohsiung, some waving placards reading "Communist Zhang Zhijun, get the hell back to China".

Zhang Zhijun, director of China's Taiwan Office, meets Taiwan's minister Wang Yu-chi. Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

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Giant rubber duck deflates in Taiwan harbour

A giant inflatable duck has disappeared from a harbour in Taiwan after a reported rupture.

The "Rubber Duck" by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman is displayed at Kaohsiung Harbor, southern Taiwan
The "Rubber Duck" by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman is displayed at Kaohsiung Harbor, southern Taiwan Credit: REUTERS/Pichi Chuang

The 18-metre art installation was floated at Taiwan's northern Keelung Port less than two weeks ago. But tourists have been left disappointed after online videos appeared to show it rapidly deflating after a large tear opened on its side.

The cause of the rupture has not been determined but is being "carefully examined", according to a City Council spokesman quoted by CNN.

Created by Dutch designer Florentijn Hofman, the rubber duck has graced the waters of a number of cities across the globe since 2007.

Read: Tower Bridge forced to open for 50 foot rubber duck

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