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Dozens dead in Taiwan passenger plane crash Updated: 2014-07-24 16:28:23 KST


A Taiwanese passenger plane crashed Wednesday evening local time, killing at least 48 people and injuring 10 others on board amid stormy weather as it attempted to make an emergency landing at Magong Airport on Penghu Island.
The TransAsia Airways turboprop was flying from Taiwan's southwestern Kaohsiung International Airport to Penghu Island off the west coast, carrying 58 passengers and crew on board.
Struggling to cope with bad weather conditions brought on by Typhoon Matmo, the plane crashed on its second attempt to land at the airport.
The Taiwanese government says the ten passengers who survived the crash have been taken to the hospital.

(Mandarin)
"Apart from the people who were sent to the hospitals, the remaining passengers probably died. The fire department just told me that, but we still have to verify the details."

The president of TransAsia Airways expressed deep sorrow over the accident.

(Mandarin)
"I solemnly apologize to everyone. I apologize for this unfortunate event."

The crashed plane had been in service for 13 years, and the pilot had more than 20 years of experience and about 23-thousand flying hours.
Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council is investigating whether the weather conditions or human error caused the accident.
Connie Kim, Arirang News.

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