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EU Condoles Taiwan Plane Crash

The European Union said Thursday that it was saddened by the TransAsia Airways airplane accident in Taiwan in which at least 47 people were killed and eleven others were injured.

"We share the grief of all those who have lost loved ones and express our sympathies to those who have been injured," the European bloc said in a statement.

The accident occurred at Taiwan's Penghu county Wednesday evening.

There were 54 passengers and four crew members on board the TransAsia Airways flight, which was on a domestic service from Kaohsiung to Makung.

The ATR-72-500 aircraft lost contact with flight radars on the perimeters of the runway, while making a second attempt to land. Flight GE222 aborted its initial landing apparently due to bad weather.

The plane took off from Kaohsiung nearly two hours late reportedly due to Typhoon Matmo, which has been lashing across the east Asian country on Wednesday.

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