Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash

Taiwan

As many as 45 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan’s Penghu Islands on Wednesday, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

At least nine other people were injured in the crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane, which happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m., CNA reported.

CNN affiliate ETTV is reporting that the plane crashed into a residential building.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. Some media reports said the plane was making a crash landing prompted by strong winds from Typhoon Matmo, which hit Taiwan early Wednesday, according to CNA.

The plane, an ATR 72, had taken off from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, CNA reported. The Penghu Islands are off the main Taiwanese island’s west coast.

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