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45 feared dead, 9 injured in Penghu plane crash
Taiwan News ^ | 23 July 2014 | Elizabeth Hsu

Posted on 07/23/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT by csvset

Taipei, July 23 (CNA) As many as 45 people are feared dead and nine people are injured after a passenger plane operated by TransAsia Airways crashed on the outlying island county of Penghu Wednesday.

The local fire department said that the 45 had no life signs after the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside Magong airport around 7 p.m. The flight, coded GE 222, took off at 5 p.m. in Kaohsiung and was scheduled to land at Magong 35 minutes later.

The reason the crash happened over an hour later was not immediately clear. (By Elizabeth Hsu)


TOPICS: Breaking News
KEYWORDS: aviation; crash; ge222; penghu; planecrash; taiwan
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An ATR 72.

1 posted on 07/23/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT by csvset
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What was the weather conditions at the time of the crash? Bad weather causes many crashes, especially on final approach.


2 posted on 07/23/2014 6:40:55 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: RayChuang88

Typhoon Matmo passed over Taiwan Tuesday evening.


3 posted on 07/23/2014 6:47:21 AM PDT by csvset
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ABC News just reported that visibility was 2 meters, due to blinding rain, when tower advised them to try landing again, but no answer. They'd already crashed, apparently.
4 posted on 07/23/2014 7:08:12 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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2 METERS? I cannot imagine the pilot’s terror.


5 posted on 07/23/2014 7:15:44 AM PDT by ButThreeLeftsDo (Please $upport Free Republic.)
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To: csvset

It’s already on Wiki:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATR_72


6 posted on 07/23/2014 7:17:50 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: csvset

“Visibility 2 meters” (1:10 in video):

http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/23/world/asia/taiwan-plane-crash/index.html

Is that even to the nose of the plane?


7 posted on 07/23/2014 7:18:54 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

Brrrrrrrrrrr... I can’t even imagine.


8 posted on 07/23/2014 7:20:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: ButThreeLeftsDo

The pilot’s feeling of terror would be little different between 2 meters of visibility and a quarter mile visibility...

What might get adrenaline flowing like crazy would be wind shears and turbulence, and loss of lift as headwinds turn to tailwinds.


9 posted on 07/23/2014 7:21:56 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: carriage_hill

A few years ago, late winter, we were driving west on I-40 thru the Texas panhandle and hit a wall of the thickest fog we’d ever seen. You couldn’t see the side of the road, let alone any offramps...just the vague glimmer of tail lights ahead; traffic didn’t slow, so we white-knuckled it for close to a hundred miles - virtually blind and going 70MPH, praying that somebody coming up from behind didn’t run through our tailpipe.


10 posted on 07/23/2014 7:27:30 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign, number sign, or octothorpe. ###)
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“The pilot’s feeling of terror would be little different between 2 meters of visibility and a quarter mile visibility...”

BIG DIFFERENCE!


11 posted on 07/23/2014 7:27:41 AM PDT by TexasGator
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Yes, he would be focused on his instruments, anyway, but he should have diverted or, if not possible, should have scrubbed the flight before take-off.


12 posted on 07/23/2014 7:28:34 AM PDT by expat2
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To: csvset
The local fire department said that the 45 had no life signs after the twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 crashed just outside Magong airport around 7 p.m. The flight, coded GE 222, took off at 5 p.m. in Kaohsiung and was scheduled to land at Magong 35 minutes later.

The reason the crash happened over an hour later was not immediately clear. (By Elizabeth Hsu)

Huh? They took off at 5 PM, and crashed an hour later around 7 PM? Or do they mean around an hour after their scheduled arrival of 5:35 PM? How could a 35 minute flight take about two hours? Did they stop for donuts? Pass through a wormhole?

13 posted on 07/23/2014 7:29:27 AM PDT by BykrBayb (World Lung Cancer Day {WLCD} Aug 1 https://facebook.com/events/309580722464921 ~ Þ)
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Had to make a stop in Bangor.


14 posted on 07/23/2014 7:39:30 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: ErnBatavia

I cannot think of anything that would be scarier than that, knowing you can’t just pull over, or stop for fear of cars hitting you.


15 posted on 07/23/2014 7:40:52 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: csvset

An extremely dangerous aircraft BTW.


16 posted on 07/23/2014 7:48:19 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: carriage_hill
2 meters? That's only 6 feet 4 inches--with visibility that bad, even if the plane and the runway uses ICAO Category IIIc bad weather landing systems, it may not help in this case.
17 posted on 07/23/2014 7:49:22 AM PDT by RayChuang88 (FairTax: America's economic cure)
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To: dfwgator

I about shat myself....most terrifying two and a half hours ever - from just inside the OK/TX line all the way to just outside Amarillo. My sore knuckles didn’t recover for two days.


18 posted on 07/23/2014 7:52:45 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It ain't a "hashtag"....it's a damn pound sign, number sign, or octothorpe. ###)
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To: ErnBatavia

That’s a recipe for a major disaster; glad you made it thru. I had a similar experience back in the 80s on I-78 west from NJ to PA, in a blizzard. I had a death grip on the Jeep’s wheel even after I got out of it.


19 posted on 07/23/2014 7:54:25 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Some days you're the windshield, and some days you're the bug.)
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To: ErnBatavia

Reminded me this pileup, that occurred Thanksgiving 2012 outside of Beaumont. As I recall, the fog just came out of the air, literally.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/35-injured-50-car-pileup-texas-article-1.1206412


20 posted on 07/23/2014 7:56:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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