45 feared dead, 9 injured in Penghu plane crash

07/23/2014 08:52 PM
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Update: 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)ENDITEM/WH

TransAsia Airways flight GE 222Aircraft type: ATR72-500, 72 seatsFrom 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

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