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Dozens feared dead in Taiwan plane crash

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TAIWAN – As many as 45 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan’s Penghu islands Wednesday, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported.

At least nine other people were injured in the crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane, which happened outside Magong airport at about 7 p.m., CNA reported.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately known. Some media reports said the plane was making a crash landing prompted by strong winds from Typhoon Matmo, which cut through Taiwan early Wednesday, according to CNA.

The plane had taken off from Koasiung, Taiwan, CNA reported. The Penghu islands are off the main Taiwanese island’s west coast.