Taiwan plane crash; 48 dead, 10 injured

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Taiwan plane crash; 48 dead, 10 injured

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 23, 2014

A TransAsia Airways twin-engine turboprop plane has reportedly crashed into a residential building in Taiwan. Yeh Kuang-shih, the Taiwanese Transportation Minister, has confirmed 48 people were killed and 10 injured.

The "TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands on Wednesday," reports CNN. The crash happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m.

"Some media reports said the plane was making a crash landing prompted by strong winds from Typhoon Matmo, which hit Taiwan early Wednesday," further reports CNN. "There were 54 passengers and four crew aboard the flight, said Jean Shen, the director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, at a press conference."

Five people on the ground were treated and released for injuries. The crash damaged eight homes.

The cause of the crash remains unconfirmed at this time.

                        SEE PHOTOS OF THE CRASH SITE HERE.

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.