Taipei: Forty-seven people on board a Taiwanese TransAsia Airways plane were killed in a failed emergency landing in the island county of Penghu on July 23, Taiwan’s transportation authority has confirmed.
Eleven others were injured, Xinhua reported citing the authority. An earlier report put the toll at 51. The twin-engine ATR-72 turboprop aircraft was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members. The plane was travelling from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan to Penghu Islands in the west.
The passengers included two French nationals, according to Taiwan’s transport authorities.
The accident happened as typhoon Matmo arrived in the island with heavy rain and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools. As the plane was preparing to land at Magong Airport in heavy rain. On its second attempt at landing, the aircraft crashed in the village of Xixi in Penghu’s Huxi Township, the fire department said.
Taiwan’s Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih confirmed that 47 people had died in the crash and there were 11 survivors who all suffered various injuries.