ATR 72 Crashes in Taiwan

  • Jul 23, 2014 12:48pm GMT

A TransAsia Airways ATR-72 turboprop plane crashed outside Magong Airport on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, Wednesday evening.

The Penghu County Government Fire Bureau spokesman, Hsi Wen-guang, said, "It was a thunderstorm during the crash."

The flight departed Koahsiung at 5:45 PM local time, but controllers lost contact with it at 7:06 PM. The plane's wreckage was found in the village of Xixi, local media reported.

The General Manager of TransAsia Airways, Hsu Yi-Tsung, gave a tearful apology for the accident, pledging to spare no effort in the rescue operation and also vowed to transport relatives of passengers on the flight to Magong on Thursday morning.

There were a total of 54 passengers and four crew on board the aircraft and Transport minister Yeh Kuang-Shih said that 47 people were killed and 11 were injured.

Earlier on Wednesday, Taiwan and southeastern China were battered by Typhoon Matmo, but the weather at the time of the crash did not exceed international regulations for landing.