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

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