Dozens Killed In Taiwan Plane Crash

By WTVO WQRF Newsroom

Published 07/23 2014 11:39AM

Updated 07/23 2014 12:05PM

WTVO/WQRF - 47 people are dead and 11 hurt in Taiwan plane crash.

It happened around 7pm local time on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.  CNA cited Taiwanese Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih.

The crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m., CNA reported earlier.  The plane crashed into a residential building.  Witnesses described seeing homes on fire.

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.  The Penghu Islands are off the main Taiwanese island's west coast.

There were 54 passengers and four crew members aboard the flight.

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