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47 dead in Taiwan air crash

A TransAsia Airlines passenger plane made an emergency landing in Taiwan’s Penghu Islands.

Local journalists wait in front of a TransAsia reservations desk at the Sungshan airport in Taipei on 23 July 2014. More than 40 people were killed when flight GE222 crashed near Magong airport on the outlying Penghu island in Taiwan after having requested a second attempt to land. Picture: AFP.

TAIPEI - A domestic TransAsia Airways plane crashed on landing on an island off the west coast of typhoon-hit Taiwan on Wednesday, killing 47 people, the Civil Aeronautics Administration said.

The plane, a 70-seat turboprop ATR Model 72, crashed near the runway with 54 passengers and four crew on board, it said.

"It's chaotic on the scene," director Jean Shen told Reuters.

The accident happened on one of the Penghu islands, also known as the Pescadores. No more details were immediately available.

Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools.

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based airline with a fleet of around 23 Airbus and ATR aircraft, flying chiefly on domestic routes, but with some flights to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia among its Asian destinations.