Taipei, July 23 (CNA) The Aviation Safety Council said it has sent a unit to the outlying island of Penghu after a TransAsia Airways flight crashed there Wednesday, killing 47 people. The council said the officials will try to recover the flight data recorder (FDR) and the cockpit voice recorder (CVR) -- commonly referred to as the black boxes -- to determine the cause of the accident. It is unclear at the moment whether the plane crash was a result of inclement weather or human error, accord to the council's head Wang Hsing-chung. The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said earlier in the day that weather conditions at the time were suitable for landing.
The CAA said the plane was attempting a go-around when it crashed in a village on Penghu.
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. (By Wang Shu-fen and Lee Hsin-Yin)