A TransAsia Airways turboprop plane crashes on its second attempt at landing during a thunderstorm on an island off Taiwan, killing 47 people and setting buildings on fire.
The aircraft takes off from Taiwan’s southern city of Kaohsiung, heads for the island of Makong, but crash-lands in Huxi township of Penghu County, the main island of the chain also known as the Pescadores. Inclement weather at the time of the crash did not exceed international regulations for landing.
An undersea earthquake hits off Taiwan’s coast, causing an electrical transformer to explode and starting a house fire in Taipei. One elderly man is killed due to the fire. No other deaths and no significant damage are reported. The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center:
. . . [a] destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected.
Taiwan elects its first female president. Ms. Tsai leads a party that seeks full independence from China. In her victory speech she thanked the U. S. and Japan for their support of Taiwan, and vowed to maintain the status quo between the two nations, warning that:
any forms of suppression will harm the stability of cross-strait relations.
After the island elects pro-independence leader Tsai, China warns that Taiwan should “abandon its hallucinations about pushing for independence”.
If there is no peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait, Taiwan’s new authority will find the sufferings of the people it wishes to resolve on the economy, livelihood and its youth will be as useless as looking for fish in a tree.