Dozens Killed In Taiwan Plane Crash

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By Jason Hanna and Ashley Fantz

CNN

(CNN) — As many as 47 people are feared dead and others injured in a plane crash Wednesday on one of Taiwan’s Penghu Islands, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

Earlier CNA reported that 47 people were killed.

CNN has spoken with Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration, which reports that dozens are missing and at least a dozen are hospitalized, adding that numbers are fluid.

The crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m., according to CNA.

CNN affiliate ETTV is reporting that the plane crashed into a residential building.

Witnesses described seeing homes on fire, the affiliate said.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known.

Some media reports said the plane was making a crash landing prompted by strong winds from Typhoon Matmo, which hit Taiwan early Wednesday, according to CNA.

The plane, an ATR 72, had taken off from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, CNA reported. The Penghu Islands are off the west coast of the main Taiwanese island.

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.

CNN’s Mitra Mobasherat and Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.

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