(BEIJING) — A passenger plane trying to land at a Taiwan airport in stormy weather in the tail end of a typhoon crashed and killed 47 people, authorities said.
The TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed and caught fire in the Penghu Islands, an archipelago off the western coast of Taiwan.
Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration says the TransAsia plane was carrying 54 passengers and four crew.
Taiwan had been battered by Typhoon Matmo. The center of the storm had moved on to China, but the Central Weather Bureau was advising heavy rain to fall through the evening for Taiwan.
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Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN
Ben Westcott, CNN