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45 feared dead, 9 injured in Penghu plane crash

2014/07/23 20:52:11

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48 confirmed dead, 10 injured in TransAsia plane crash (July 24)

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) As many as 45 people are feared dead and nine people are injured after a passenger plane operated by TransAsia Airways crashed on the outlying island county of Penghu Wednesday.

The local fire department said that the 45 had no life signs after the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside Magong airport around 7 p.m.

The flight, coded GE 222, took off at 5 p.m. in Kaohsiung and was scheduled to land at Magong 35 minutes later. The reason the crash happened over an hour later was not immediately clear.

(By Elizabeth Hsu)

TransAsia Airways flight GE 222
Aircraft type: ATR72-500, 72 seats
From Kaohsiung (KHH) to Magong (MZG)
Scheduled departure time: 4 p.m.
Actual departure time: 5:43 p.m.
Request go-around: 7:06 p.m.
Passenger: 54 / Crew: 4

Source: Kaohsiung International Airport / Civil Aeronautics Administration