Local journalists wait in front of a TransAsia reservations desk at the Sungshan airport in Taipei July 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/Sam Yeh)
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A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashed on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan Wednesday, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire, officials said.The plane, a 70-seat ATR 72, crashed near the runway on the island of Penghu, west of the mainland, with 54 passengers and four crew on board, they said. The aircraft took off from Taiwan's southern city of Kaohsiung, headed for the island of Makong, but crash-landed in Huxi Township of Penghu County, the main island of the chain also known as the Pescadores.
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