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TransAsia flight crashed on go-around: CAA
Central News Agency
2014-07-23 11:14 PM
Taipei, July 23 (CNA) A TransAsia Airways flight that crashed in the outlying island of Penghu Wednesday, killing 47 people, was attempting a go-around, said Jean Shen, director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA). Flight GE222 departed from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan at 4:52 p.m. and tried to land at Magong airport at 7:06 p.m., she said. The pilot of the ATR 72 aircraft asked the control tower's permission to make a go-around but lost contact with air traffic controllers during his second attempt to land the plane, Shen said. Weather conditions at the airport at the time were suitable for landing, with visibility of 1,600 meters, she said, adding that a Far Eastern Air Transport flight and a UNI Air plane had landed safely just before the TransAsia flight. Transportation and Communications Minister Yeh Kuang-shih confirmed Wednesday that 47 of the 58 people onboard the flight had died and 11 survivors had suffered various injuries. The Magong airport is currently closed but Yeh will head to the offshore county of Penghu Wednesday night on a charter flight to obtain updates on the disaster. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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