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TransAsia Airways crashes in Taiwan, at least 40 dead


Calum MacLeod and Doug Stanglin 10:33 a.m. EDT July 23, 2014



The Director of Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration Sheng Ching speaks to media at the Sungshan airport in Taipei on July 23, 2014, after the crash landing of Flight GE22.(Photo: Sam Yeh, AFP/Getty Images)


Over 40 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways plane crashed Wednesday while making an emergency landing in bad weather in the Penghu Islands off the coast of Taiwan.


Taiwan's CNA news agency, which initially put the death toll at 51, reports that the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside Magong airport around 7 p.m.local time. Other reports put the death toll at around 45, with as many as nine people injured.


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