As many as 51 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways (Flight GE 222) passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan's Penghu islands Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported. Early reports say the plane crashed into residential buildings attempting an emergency landing.
At least nine other people were injured in the crash of the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 plane, which happened outside Magong airport at about 7 p.m. local time, CNA reported.
The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known. But weather appears to be a factor. Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools. Typhoon Matmo (international designation: 1410, JTWC designation: 10W, PAGASA name: Henry) was a tropical cyclone which struck Taiwan. It was the tenth named storm and the fourth typhoon of the annual typhoon season.
The GE 222 had taken off from Koasiung, Taiwan, CNA reported.