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Dozens dead in Taiwan plane crash


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Dozens dead in Taiwan plane crash

Forty-seven people have been killed after a TransAsia Airways plane crashed in bad weather on an island off Taiwan. A further 11 people survived and are being treated in hospital for their injuries.

The turboprop ATR-72 aircraft got into difficulties when it was making its second attempt at landing on Penghu island during a thunderstorm.

Flight GE222, which had left Kaohsiung in southwestern Taiwan, crashed into empty houses in Huxi township.

The mother of one survivor told how her daughter called and said, “Mom, my plane has crashed”. The mother then described how she had climbed out of the wreckage and borrowed a phone from someone to call her.

Relatives of those on board the plane have been gathering at Kaohsing International Airport in southern Taiwan, where the flight took off from, demanding information from the airline.

Air traffic control reported bad weather but said it did not exceed international regulations for landing.

Typhoon Matmo hit Taiwan earlier on Wednesday bringing with it heavy rain and high winds.

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