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Taiwan's TransAsia Airways, Flight GE222 Crashed Killing At Least 47

July 23, 2014 - Taiwan's TransAsia Airways, Flight GE222 with 58 people onboard, crashed today at Magong, Taiwan. Taiwan Transport Minister Yeh Kuang-shih said 47 people were feared dead. 

Flight GE222 which had departed Kaohsiung crashed just a mile from Magong Airport in the Penghu Islands. The ATR 72-500, twin turboprop engine aircraft attempted to make an emergency landing under stormy weather conditions crashed outside the airport in Xixi village while attempting a second landing. 

The pilot of Flight GE222 has been identified 60-year-old Lee Yi-liang with over 22,000 flight hours and his co-pilot as Chiang Kuan-hsing, 39 with over 2,300 flight hours.


It appears that the ATR 72 had stall while on its approach as it has been reported the aircraft slammed into the ground, setting fire to at least two houses. 

It has been reported that earlier in the day Typhoon Matmo had swept through the islands producing heavy rain and strong winds. Flight GE222 had departed 90 minutes late because of the weather and while enroute pilot requested from air traffic control a delay in landing due to poor weather conditions. 

Civil Aeronautics Administration, Director General Jean Shen said the pilot had requested from ATC to make a second attempt to land, but ATC in Magong lost radio contact with the plane. Although two planes had landed safely at the Magong Airport shortly before the TransAsia crash.



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