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Military helping out with aftermath of Penghu plane crash
Central News Agency
2014-07-23 11:09 PM
Taipei, July 23 (CNA) About 200 military personnel have been dispatched to help handle the crash of TransAsia Flight 222 in Penghu and its aftermath, the Ministry of National Defense said Wednesday. Penghu Defense Commander Lt. Gen. Chou Hau-yu led soldiers to the scene to help recover the 58 people on board and send them to the hospital, ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Luo Shou-he said. Transportation Minister Yeh Kuang-shih said less than an hour earlier that 47 were killed during the crash and another 11 injured. No cause for the crash had yet been confirmed, though it happened as Typhoon Matmo was moving away from Taiwan toward China. The Defense Ministry said ambulances and military vehicles rushed people to nearby hospitals, and it has ordered the Air Force's rescue group to be on standby to transfer the injured to Taiwan for further medical treatment if necessary. Flight GE 222 requested a go-around when it tried to land at Magong airport at 7:06 p.m. in inclement weather, but "lost contact" with the tower, said Jean Shen, director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). The airport lost track of the flight during the go-around when it was about 300 feet above the ground, Shen said. The turboprop ATR 72, which took off at 5:43 p.m. from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, was 14 years old, she said.

The Cabinet has set up an emergency center at the CCA in response to the crash. (By Elaine Hou, Lee Hsin-Yin and Elizabeth Hsu)

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