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TransAsia: 10 passengers survived Taiwan plane crash

TransAsia announced that ten people survived a deadly plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday evening in the Penghu Islands. 48 others perished when the twin-engine turboprop plane crashed during an emergency landing.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   July 24, 2014 at 5:34 PM

TAIPEI, Taiwan, July 24 (UPI) -- Ten people survived a plane crash on Wednesday in Taiwan that killed at least 48 people.

None of the four crew members were believed to have survived.

TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crashed Wednesday evening while attempting to land at Magong airport on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands. It had taken off from Koasiung, Taiwan, and crashed around 7:00 p.m. local time.

Four of the surviving passengers sought help after the crash at a nearby home. A female passenger directed residents to "Quick, call an ambulance," explaining "Our plane has crashed."

TransAsia said Thursday that seven of the injured were moved to hospitals on the main island while two other survivors, critically injured, could not yet be moved.

Weather may have played a role in the crash. Typhoon Matmo made landfall in Taiwan on Tuesday, with winds up to 98 mph and gusts upward of 121 mph. Severe weather continued into Wednesday.

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