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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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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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