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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 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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