TransAsia plane crashes on emergency landing in Taiwan, killing 51

TransAsia plane crash

The Director of Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) Sheng Ching (2L) speaks to media at the Sungshan airport in Taipei on July 23, 2014.

 A TransAsia Airways plane has crashed in Taiwan.

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A plane making a second landing attempt in stormy weather crashed at an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, killing 51 people and injuring seven, fire officials said.

Taiwan was battered by Typhoon Matmo early Tuesday morning, and the Central Weather Bureau was advising of heavy rain through the evening, even though the centre of the storm was in mainland China.

The flight was heading from the capital, Taipei, to the island Penghu, halfway between the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in the Taiwan Strait. Pictures from the airport showed a handful of firefighters using flashlights to look at wreckage in the darkness.

Penghu is a lightly populated island that averages about two flights a day from Taipei.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration said the plane, a 70-seat turboprop ATR Model 72, crashed near the runway with 54 passengers and four crew on board. “It’s chaotic on the scene,” director Jean Shen told Reuters.

TransAsia Airways is a Taiwan-based airline with a fleet of around 23 Airbus and ATR aircraft, flying chiefly on domestic routes, but with some flights to Japan, Thailand and Cambodia among its Asian destinations.

TAIPEI — Reuters and Associated Press

Another one!! Makes me not want to fly anywhere. So sad =(

20 Amazing Hotels You Need to Visit Before You Die

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Report: Malaysia Airlines Passenger Jet Shot Down Over Ukraine, 295 Dead MH17

According to the Russian news agency Interfax, a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet carrying 295 passengers and crew was shot down today along the border between Ukraine and Russia. Interfax also cites Ukraine’s Interior Ministry advisor as saying all aboard the plane have died.

Per Interfax, the plane, which was reportedly flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down at 32,000 feet. Reuters is reporting that the plane did not enter Russian airspace when expected and was taken down by a missile. Malaysia Airlines has not yet confirmed what would be one of the gravest disasters in aviation history, though the airline has said that it lost contact with the plane. That said, a source has told Reuters that a Malaysia Airlines plane has been found burning in Eastern Ukraine.

The below video, though currently unverified, purports to show smoke billowing from the site of the crash.

Source: Gawker