47 Dead as Plane Crash-Lands in Taiwan

Reports: TransAsia flight caught fire after failed emergency landing

By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 23, 2014 8:41 AM CDT | Updated Jul 23, 2014 10:19 AM CDT

(Newser) – Forty-seven people are being reported dead after a TransAsia Airways plane was forced to make an emergency landing today and caught fire near an airport in Penghu, an island off the coast of Taiwan, reports the South China Morning Post. There were 58 people aboard the ATR-72 turboprop when it ran into bad weather stemming from a typhoon that earlier hit the region; 11 are reported injured. The emergency landing was the aircraft's second attempt, and it is said to have hit at least one residential building.

A relative of a passenger on TransAsia Airways flight GE222 that crashed on Penghu reacts at the flight's departure airport in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
A relative of a passenger on TransAsia Airways flight GE222 that crashed on Penghu reacts at the flight's departure airport in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.   (AP Photo)
Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222, which crashed in stormy weather on the Taiwan island of Penghu, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222, which crashed in stormy weather on the Taiwan island of Penghu, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.   (AP Photo/Wong Yao-wen)
Rescue workers work next to the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222, late Wednesday, July 23, 2014.
Rescue workers work next to the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222, late Wednesday, July 23, 2014.   (AP Photo/Wong Yao-wen)
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