Monday 22 December 2014

47 killed in emergency landing of TransAsia airlines plane - reports

Published 23/07/2014 | 14:23

The crash scene

A DOMESTIC TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off the west coast of typhoon-hit Taiwan, killing 47 people, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

The plane, a 70-seat turboprop ATR 72, crashed near the runway with 54 passengers and four crew on board, it said.

Rescue personnel survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on Taiwan's offshore island of Penghu, July 23, 2014
Rescue personnel survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 on Taiwan's offshore island of Penghu, July 23, 2014

"It's chaotic on the scene," director Jean Shen told Reuters.

Eleven injured people had been taken to hospital, the government said.

The crash scene

The accident happened on one of the Penghu islands, also known as the Pescadores. No more details were immediately available.

Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools.

A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries in Kaohsiung International Airport, southern Taiwan, July 23, 2014. A TransAsia Airways turboprop ATR-72 plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on Penghu, an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said. REUTERS/Stringer (TAIWAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT DISASTER)
A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries in Kaohsiung International Airport, southern Taiwan, July 23, 2014

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based airline with a fleet of around 23 Airbus and ATR aircraft, flying chiefly on domestic routes, but with some flights to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia among its Asian destinations.

Apart from Wednesday's event, Taiwan's aviation safety council says Transasia has had a total of 8 incidents since 2002, including 6 involving the ATR 72.

A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries in Kaohsiung International Airport, southern Taiwan, July 23, 2014. A TransAsia Airways turboprop ATR-72 plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on Penghu, an island off Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said. REUTERS/Stringer (TAIWAN - Tags: ENVIRONMENT TRANSPORT DISASTER TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries in Kaohsiung International Airport, southern Taiwan, July 23, 2014

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