World Amazing Stuff: Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing more than 50

Plane crashes in Taiwan, killing more than 50

The Taiwanese airline TransAsia Airways flight GE222, with 58 on board, crashed near Magong airport on the outlying Penghu Island after having requested a second attempt to land.

More than 50 people were killed in a plane crash in Taiwan on Wednesday, officials said, with local television reporting the flight had smashed into two houses after an aborted landing.

Television images showed firefighters working at site of the mangled wreckage and soldiers on the scene. There were conflicting reports of the death toll from officials and local media.

"The control tower lost contact with the aircraft soon after they requested a go-around (second attempt to land)," Chen told reporters. The commercial domestic flight was carrying 54 passengers and four crew, officials said.