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TransAsia plane crashes on emergency landing in Taiwan, 51 killed
Wednesday July 23, 2014 8:13 PM, Agencies

At least 51 people were killed and seven others injured when a passenger plane with Taiwan's TransAsia Airways made an emergency landing on the outlying island county of Penghu Wednesday, media reported.

Taiwan plane crash

The plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew, Xinhua reported citing the local fire department.

Flight GE222, an ATR-72 aircraft operated by Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways, was heading from the southern port city of Kaohsiung to the island Penghu, halfway between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait, according to the Taiwanese news agency.

It crashed outside the airport in Xixi village, and pictures showed in local media showed a handful of firefighters using flashlights to look at wreckage in the darkness.

Penghu is a lightly populated island that averages about two flights a day from Taipei.

Yeh, the transport minister, was quoted as saying the flight carried 58 passengers and crew members.





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