48 killed, 10 survived in Taiwan plane crash, says airline

A relative (left) of one of the passengers of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 is comforted by a volunteer in an area set up for families the morning after the ATR 72-500 plane crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2
A relative (left) of one of the passengers of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 is comforted by a volunteer in an area set up for families the morning after the ATR 72-500 plane crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage where TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crashed the night before near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage where TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crashed the night before near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage where TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crashed the night before near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage where TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 crashed the night before near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
The tail section of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 is pictured as rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage the morning after it crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
The tail section of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 is pictured as rescue workers and firefighters search through the wreckage the morning after it crashed near the airport at Magong on the Penghu island chain on July 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries in Kaohsiung International Airport, southern Taiwan, on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A relative of a passenger on board the crashed TransAsia Airways plane cries in Kaohsiung International Airport, southern Taiwan, on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A car is seen covered in rubble from the wreckage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 on Taiwan's offshore island of Penghu on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
A car is seen covered in rubble from the wreckage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 on Taiwan's offshore island of Penghu on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
An injured passenger is helped by rescuers to get on an ambulance after the crash of the TransAsia Airways Flight GE222  in Penghu island on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
An injured passenger is helped by rescuers to get on an ambulance after the crash of the TransAsia Airways Flight GE222  in Penghu island on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
The wreckage of the TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 after it crashed in Penghu island on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
The wreckage of the TransAsia Airways Flight GE222 after it crashed in Penghu island on July 23, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan's TransAsia Airways said on Thursday that 48 people were killed and 10 survived when one of its turboprop passenger planes crashed after an aborted landing during stormy weather.

Flight GE222 was carrying 54 passengers and four crew members on a domestic flight when it crashed on Wednesday at Magong on the Penghu island chain, TransAsia said, clarifying conflicting death tolls given by officials previously.

Two French medical students were among the dead, the foreign ministry in Paris said.

The ATR 72-500 was flying from the southwestern city of Kaohsiung to the islands off the west coast and had been delayed by bad weather as Typhoon Matmo pounded Taiwan, according to authorities.

It was trying to land for a second time after aborting the first attempt during heavy rain, crashing into two houses near Magong airport and injuring five people on the ground, officials said.

TransAsia said it planned to compensate each family of the deceased with NT$1 million (S$41,270), and offer NT$200,000 (S$8,254) to each of the injured.

Television images showed firefighters working in torrential rain to douse fires from the plane's wreckage and soldiers deployed to help on the scene.

The mother of one survivor said: "My daughter called me. She said 'mum, my plane crashed'. She said she climbed out and borrowed a phone from others."

TransAsia, Taiwan's first private airline, flies domestic routes as well as to China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. It is due to launch the island's first low-cost airline later this year.

An ATR-72 operated by Lao Airlines crashed during a heavy storm in southern Laos in October 2013, killing all 49 people on board.