As many as 45 people are feared dead after a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed on one of Taiwan's Penghu Islands on Wednesday, Taiwan's Central News Agency reported.
At least nine other people were injured in the crash of the twin-engine turboprop plane, which happened outside Magong Airport at about 7 p.m., CNA reported.
CNN affiliate ETTV is reporting that the plane crashed into a residential building.
Witnesses said they saw homes on fire, the affiliate said.
The cause of the crash wasn't immediately known. Some media reports said the plane was making a crash landing prompted by strong winds from Typhoon Matmo, which hit Taiwan early Wednesday, according to CNA.
The plane, an ATR 72, had taken off from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, CNA reported. The Penghu Islands are off the main Taiwanese island's west coast.
There were 54 passengers and four crew aboard the flight, said Jean Shen, the director-general of the Civil Aeronautics Administration, at a press conference.
-- CNN's Mitra Mobasherat and Elizabeth Joseph contributed to this report.
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