Dozens dead in Taiwan passenger plane crash

Time now for a look through the international headlines we’re following on this Thursday. For that, we turn to our Eunice Kim, standing by at the NewsCenter.
Eunice… There’s been yet another passenger plane crash… this time in Taiwan?

It was a TransAsia Airways plane… that was on its second landing attempt, amid stormy weather conditions, when it crashed near the runway.
Dozens of passengers died… but there were survivors in the crash.
Our Park Ji-won has the story.

A Taiwanese passenger plane crashed Wednesday evening, local time, killing 47 and injuring 11 others on board amid stormy weather as it attempted to make an emergency landing at Magong Airport on Penghu Island.
The TransAsia Airways turboprop was flying from Taiwan’s southwestern Kaohsiung International Airport to Penghu Island off the west coast,… carrying 54 passengers and four flight crew.
Struggling to cope with bad weather conditions brought on by Typhoon Matmo,… the plane failed at the emergency landing and crashed near the runway.
The Taiwanese government says eleven passengers survived the crash and have been taken to hospital.

“Apart from the people who were sent to the hospitals, the remaining people probably died. The fire department just told me the that, but we still have to verify the details. I hope there won’t be too many casualties.”

The president of TransAsia Airways expressed his deep sorrow over the accident.

“I solemnly apologize to everyone. I apologize for this unfortunate event.”

The crashed plane had been in service for 13 years, and the pilot had more than 20 years of experience and about 23-thousand flying hours.
Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council is investigating whether the weather conditions or human error caused the accident.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.

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