A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan.
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.
Eleven injured people on the plane were taken to hospital, the government said.
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