Tai­wan air­line sus­pects bad weather caused crash

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TAIPEI, Tai­wan (AP) — An air­line said Thurs­day it sus­pected ty­phoon weather caused one of its planes to crash land on a small Tai­wanese is­land, killing 48 peo­ple.

The ATR-72 op­er­ated by Tai­wan's Tran­sAsia Air­ways was car­ry­ing 58 pas­sen­gers and crew when it crashed into houses on the Penghu is­land chain in the Tai­wan Strait be­tween Tai­wan and China late Wed­nes­day, au­thor­i­ties said. The plane was on a flight from the city of Kaoh­si­ung in south­ern Tai­wan.

Two peo­ple killed on the plane were French cit­i­zens and the rest Tai­wanese, an air­line rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Phoebe Lu, told The As­so­ci­ated Press on Thurs­day. The air­line iden­ti­fied the French pas­sen­gers as Jeromine Der­a­mond and Penelope Luter­nauer.

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