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Plane Crashes During Second Landing Attempt in Stormy Weather in Taiwan

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Up to 47 feared dead and 11 injured after plane crashes during second landing attempt in stormy weather in Taiwan TransAsia Airways flight crashes in stormy weather on Taiwanese island 47 are feared dead and 11 others have been injured in the plane crash Flight, carrying 58 people, lost contact with the tower after saying it would make second attempt at landing It crashed outside the airport in Xixi village, with pictures in local media showing firefighters using flashlights to look at wreckage in the darkness Forty-seven people are trapped and feared dead after their plane crashed and caught fire while trying to make an emergency landing in stormy weather on a small Taiwanese island. Taiwanese Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih said 11 others were injured when the plane crashed while landing, the government's Central News Agency has said. Mr Yeh was quoted as saying the flight, operated by Taiwan's TransAsia Airways, was carrying 58 passengers and crew members. Typhoon Matmo slammed into Taiwan on Wednesday with heavy rains and strong winds, shutting financial markets and schools. Shen said the plane was 14 years old. In October 2013, a Lao Airlines ATR-72 crashed during a heavy storm as it approached Pakse Airport in southern Laos, killing all 49 people on board. TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based airline with a fleet of 23 mostly Airbus aircraft, flying chiefly on domestic routes, but with some flights to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia among its Asian destinations.