48 dead as TransAsia Airways flight crashes in Taiwan
July 24 , 2014
A TransAsia Airways plane crashed while attempting an emergency landing in Taiwan, killing 48 people and injuring 10.
Reports indicated that bad weather caused by typhoon Matmo may have led to the emergency landing by flight GE222 at Penghu island’s Magong airport.
The aircraft, which had taken off from Kaohsiung in south Taiwan, was carrying 58 passengers and crew. Except two French nationals on board, the passengers were all Taiwanese.
A spokesperson for Taiwan’s President Ma Ying-jeou described the crash as “a very sad day in the history of Taiwanese aviation.”