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47 feared killed in TransAsia Airways flight crash in Penghu

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Forty-seven people were feared dead and 11 injured after the TransAsia Airways (復興航空) flight they boarded crashed near Magong Airport in the outlying Penghu County late today, the transportation minister said.

The flight GE-222, with 54 passengers and 4 members of the crew on board, took off at Kaohsiung International Airport at 5:43 p.m. after it was delayed from its scheduled departure at 4:00 p.m. The flight contacted the Magong Airport at around 7 p.m. and was directed to pull up and retry during a landing attempt. The flight lost contact with air controllers soon afterward. It was later found crashed in Xixi Village (西溪村) north of the airport. Two buildings were damaged in the village but no one was reported injured on the ground.

Minister of Transportation and Communications Yeh Kuang-shih (葉匡時) was quoted by the Central News Agency as saying that 11 people were injured and sent to the hospital and the remaining 47 people were feared dead in the accident.

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