Dozens Killed In Taiwan Crash
A twin-engine turboprop ATR-72 regional airliner operated by TransAsia Airways crashed in Taiwan at about 7 p.m. local time on Tuesday while attempting to go around after a missed landing attempt. According to early news reports, the aircraft hit some buildings on the approach to the airport. There were 54 passengers and four flight crew on board; on Wednesday morning the number of fatalities was reported as 47. TransAsia Airways is a Taiwanese airline that makes mostly domestic flights. According to CNN, a typhoon had just passed through the area and visibility was poor at the time of the crash.
USA Today reported on Wednesday that the flight had departed more than 90 minutes late from Kaohsiung, a major city on the east coast of Taiwan's main island, headed to Magong, an airport on an island in the Taiwan Strait. The crew had reportedly made at least one missed landing attempt and was going around for another try when the tower lost contact. Heavy rain and thunderstorms were reported in the area at the time of the crash, according to the Washington Post.