A Trans Asia Airways passenger plane with 54 passengers on board crashed into buildings in a residential section while making an emergency landing. The preliminary reports put as many as 50 dead and seven injured, according to The Business Insider on July 23.
The 72-seat passenger plane was carrying 50 adults and four children when it made the emergency landing in Taiwan's Pengu Islands. The plane was making its way back to the Magong Airport when the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside of the airport at about 7 p.m. local time. The plane's captain had lost contact with the control tower shortly before the plane came down.
The airline has not yet made an official statement on the death toll, which would include both passengers and crew. Some reports say it was poor visibility that caused the crash. Other reports say that the plane was trying to land on the small island that was still experiencing conditions from the typhoon that ravished the area.
A picture of the radar during the time that the plane was coming in for a landing showed heavy rains with the heaviest occurring around the area of the airport. The plane smashed into residential buildings on its way down. It is not known if any injuries occurred on the ground among people in the residential area where the plane came down.
The plane took off shortly after Typhoon Matmo had hit the islands and visibility was still poor as the storm made its way out of the area. The bad visibility is being blamed for the crash off the western coast of Taiwan, according to USA Today.
Flight GE 222 took departed from Taiwan's second largest city, Kaohsiung, at about 5 p.m. local time. It was scheduled to land 35 minutes later at the airport in Magong. Magong is located in the Pescadores, which are Taiwan's Penghu Islands. The islands are in the Taiwan Strait.
There's still no official word on the cause of the crash or the death toll from this crash as of yet.