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Crash is 4th deadly air incident for TransAsia in 20 years

Crash is 4th deadly air incident for TransAsia in 20 years

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) Wednesday's crash of a passenger plane in Taipei marked the fourth deadly air incident involving Taiwan-based TransAsia Airways (????) in the past 20 years, all involving ATR 72 aircraft. Back in Jan. 30, 1995, a TransAsia ATR 72 plane crashed in the mountains of Taoyuan in northern Taiwan after deviating from its route on a return flight to Taipei's Songshan Airport from Magong on the Penghu Islands. The crash killed the two pilots and both crew members, but there were no passengers aboard. On Dec. 21, 2002, an ATR 72 cargo plane from Taoyuan to Macau crashed into the seas southwest of Penghu because of an ice buildup, killing the two pilots. Just last year, a TransAsia Airways flight departing from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan to Penghu crashed outside of Magong Airport after a failed landing amid inclement weather. The incident on July 23 left 48 of the 58 people on board dead. Wednesday's crash occurred at 10:53 a.m. right after the plane left Taipei to the outlying island county of Kinmen. It crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei's Nangang District after apparently hitting an elevated expressway. As of 11:30 p.m., TransAsia said 26 people had been confirmed dead. Founded in 1951 for domestic flight services, TransAsia Airways now operates international flights to nearby destinations in Asia, including mainland China. Its fleet size is about two dozen planes, including several other ATR 72s. (By Wang Shu-fen and Elizabeth Hsu)


Updated : 2021-09-27 21:08 GMT+08:00