February 3, 2015

TransAsia flight clips highway, crashes belly-up into Taiwan river (VIDEO) - @taiwan

At least 9 dead after a TransAsia Airways turboprop aircraft with 58 people aboard took off from Taipei's Songshan Airport bound for the island of Kinmen Wednesday when it crashed belly-up into the Keelung River.
At least nine people were killed when a passenger plane with 58 people aboard clipped a highway overpass in Taiwan before crashing into a river in New Taipei City, according to reports.



The TransAsia Airways turboprop aircraft took off from Taipei's Songshan Airport bound for the island of Kinmen Wednesday when it crashed belly-up into the Keelung River, The Straits Times reported.

Dramatic images from the scene show first responders scrambling in boats to rescue survivors from the shattered plane in what appears to be waist-deep water.


Video caught the ATR-72 plane's final harrowing moments as it rolled 90 degrees as the wing clipped the highway.

The plane appears to stall as it barely clears a row of buildings before the left wing and rear elevator strike the far edge of the highway en route to a river crash.

A taxi was hit by the plane's wing but narrowly missed being carved in half. The driver and his passenger were slightly injured in the collision, according to reports.


At least 26 people, including two children, have been sent to area hospitals while and another 10 are still trapped inside the plane, according to reports.


Taiwan’s Central News Agency said the flight lost contact with flight controllers at 10:55 a.m.

It's the second crash in a little more than six months for privately-held TransAsia. Another ATR-72 crashed on final approach to Taiwan's Penghu Islands in July, killing 48 people and injuring 10.


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