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47 dead and 11 injured in TransAsia Airways crash landing

The death toll for the TransAsia Airways turbo plane crash stands at 47, according to the latest figures.

Eleven were injured when it crash landed en route from Taiwan to the island of Makong.

The plane was making a second attempt at an emergency landing during a thunderstorm, when it came down near the runway on the island of Penghu, west of Taiwan.

It is said to have grazed buildings on the way down. No one on the ground was killed or injured.

Of the 58 people aboard the plane 11 survived and were taken to hospital to be treated.

Around a hundred firefighters were sent to the scene, in addition to 152 military personnel and 255 police.

According to a Civil Aeronautics Administration official, air traffic control said conditions for landing were within international regulations.

TransAsia’s president, Chooi Yee-choong has apologised for the incident.

“We express our deepest apologies to everyone for this unfortunate event,” he said.

Typhoon Matmo hit Taiwan on the day of the crash bringing with it strong winds and heavy rain.

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