TransAsia Airways crashes during emergency landing in Taiwan, 51 dead

By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:24

Zee Media Bureau

Taipei: After the tragic crash of Malaysia airlines MH17 in Ukraine, another plane crash was reported on Wednesday in Taiwan. As per reports more than 51 people are feared to have died when a TransAsia Airways passenger jet made an emergency landing in an airport on a small Taiwanese island.

There were reportedly 58 people on board, including 54 passengers and 4 crew.

Flight GE222 was heading from Taiwan capital, Taipei, to the island Penghu. This is halfway between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait.

Penghu is said to be a lightly populated island and has an average of about two flights a day from Taipei.
The plane is said to have crashed when making a second landing attempt in stormy weather.

Since yesterday morning, Taiwan had been at the receiving end of Typhoon Matmo yesterday.

The Central Weather Bureau was advising heavy rain through the evening, even though the center of the storm was in mainland China, PTI reported.

Pictures from the airport showed a handful of firefighters using flashlights to look at wreckage in the darkness.

With Agency inputs

First Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 19:17

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