According to Apple Daily, during landing the plane encountered unspecified difficulties. The control tower lost communication with the aircraft, which disappeared from the radar. The plane attempted an emergency landing, but crashed on two buildings and caught fire. Magong Airport was temporarily closed, 6 scheduled flights were cancelled.
were on board the plane, including the crew. The plane crashed
at about 19:00 local time in Xixi (西溪), a small town near the airport. So far, 48 people
have been confirmed dead, while 10 others have suffered severe injuries. Also 10 local residents have been injured during he accident.
Yesterday at around 22:00 local time the mayor of Kaohsiung, Chen Ju (陳菊)
, went to Kaoshiung Airport
and talked with relatives
of the victims. She criticised the way in which TransAsia Airways handled the aftermath of the accident, saying that it did not contact the families of the passengers to inform them about what had happened. Many of them learnt of the tragedy while watching the news on TV. The wife, mother and older sister of Chen Zhenglong, one of the passengers, left the terminal in the early hours of the 24th in tears, surrounded by reporters.
Many families of the passengers, too, criticised TransAsia Airways
for not informing them and not giving any help during the first few hours after the tragedy. At around 22:30 of the 23rd Xu Yicong (徐以聰), general manager of TransAsia Airways apologised
for the accident.
was founded in 1951 as Taiwan’s first private civil airline and is based in Neihu District, Taipei. Its main focus lies on Taiwan’s domestic market, but it also operates several international flights with destinations in Japan, Thailand, Macau, South Korea among others.