A small passenger plane crashed while coming in to land in stormy weather in Taiwan Wednesday, killing 48 people and causing heavy injuries, udn.com reported.
The twin-engine ATR-72 turboprop operated by Taiwan’s TransAsia Airways crashed in a small village near Magong airport on Penghu island in the Taiwan Strait.
The plane, which was en route from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, carried 58 passengers and crew, including two French citizens, the report said.
The data flight recorder or black box was found and Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council said it will begin an investigation.
The disaster came after typhoon Matmo had battered the island, triggering heavy rains and strong winds that forced hundreds of flights from Taiwan to be canceled earlier in the day.
The pilot tried to land the plane in heavy rain and low visibility, according to Taiwan Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih. Air traffic control personnel lost track of the flight afterwards.
President Ma Ying-jeou called it “a very sad day in the history of Taiwanese aviation” and ordered authorities to investigate immediately.
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