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Transport minister en route to Penghu to handle crash
Central News Agency
2014-07-24 12:00 AM
Taipei, July 23 (CNA) Transportation and Communications Minister Yeh Kuang-shih set out for the outlying island county of Penghu on a chartered flight late Wednesday to get a firsthand understanding of the TransAsia Airways crash that he previously said killed 47 of the 58 people on board. Hours after Flight GE 222 crashed at 7:06 p.m., Yeh confirmed that 54 passengers and four crew members were on the plane.

He said then that 47 had died, but later said that 12 people survived with injuries, 46 "were missing," and around a dozen bodies had been found. A TransAsia spokesman said just before midnight that the airline was still collecting the facts surrounding the flight and the people on board. GE 222 was scheduled to take off from Kaohsiung at 4 p.m. for Magong but was delayed until 5:42 p.m. due to bad weather. As the ATR 72 was preparing to land at Magong Airport in heavy rain, it was forced to pull up because of poor visibility, the Penghu County Fire Bureau said. On its second attempt to land, the aircraft crashed in Huxi Township, which is adjacent to the airport's runway, according to the fire bureau. Minister Yeh's flight to Penghu departed at 11 p.m. from Taipei International (Songshan) Airport and was expected to arrive at Magong Airport shortly after midnight, the ministry said. (By Wang Shu-fen, Lee Hsin-Yin and Wesley Holzer)

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