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Weather Blamed for Plane Crash in Taiwan

Updated: 07/24/2014 9:50 AM
Created: 07/23/2014 4:44 PM WDIO.com

XIXI, Taiwan (AP) - An airline in Taiwan says stormy weather that trailed behind a typhoon was the likely cause of yesterday's plane crash that killed 48 people.

Disaster crews today have been digging through the rubble of the plane's cabin and parts of the eight stone houses that were destroyed in the crash. Ten people on the plane and five on the ground survived with injuries.

The crash took place as the plane tried to land on one of the islands in the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China.

The crash came hours after Typhoon Matmo passed over Taiwan. About 200 flights at Taiwanese airports had been canceled earlier in the day because of rain and high winds.

A spokesman for Taiwan's air regulator noted the bad weather but said an investigation is still underway.

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Rescue workers survey the wreckage of TransAsia Airways flight GE222 which crashed while attempting to land in stormy weather on the Taiwanese island of Penghu, late Wednesday.
AP Photo/Wong Yao-wen

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