A plane carrying 58 people crashed in Taiwan Wednesday evening local time amid heavy rain and gusty winds from Typhoon Matmo.
The plane which took off from Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan was scheduled to make a domestic flight to Penghu's Magong Airport, located west of the main island of Taiwan, according to the Associated Press.
The plane was forced to make an emergency landing for unknown reasons; however, the outer rain bands of Typhoon Matmo were lashing the area with downpours and strong winds.
Rainfall rates greater than 25 mm (1 inch) per hour were occurring during the flight along with wind gusts over 70 kph (45 mph).
The Associated Press reports that 47 of the people on board were trapped inside and feared dead while 11 others were injured.
As Typhoon Matmo lashed Taiwan Tuesday into Wednesday, rainfall totals topped 300-600 mm (1-2 feet). Winds gusts exceeded 160 kph (100 mph) at the height of the storm.