TransAsia Airways Plane Crashed Into River In New Taipei City

At least 12 people were killed and many more are feared trapped after a TransAsia Airways plane crashed into a river in New Taipei City, which encircles Taipei, on Wednesday.

According to the latest update from government officials at 1.52pm local time, 30 people remain missing and 16 others are injured. The extent of their injuries is not clear.

The ATR-72-600 turboprop aircraft with 58 onboard, of whom 31 are tourists from mainland China, was flying from Taipei to the offshore island of Kinmen when it crashed into the Keelung River at 10.26am, the quasi-official Central News Agency (CNA) and Reuters said. The plane apparently ramming into an elevated highway before falling into the river, CNA said. The crash happened shortly after the plane took off from Songshan Airport in Taipei and was suspected to be due to insufficient propelling force, according to United Daily News.

The pilot of flight GE235 radioed a “Mayday, Mayday” distress call shortly before the crash, but did not respond when air traffic controllers answered, the report said.

An eyewitness on the ground was cited as saying the aircraft was flying “almost 90 degrees on its side” and going increasingly lower until it hit the highway bridge and crashed into the river.

CNA posted on its website dramatic photos of the plane hitting the highway, as a taxi on the highway apparently swerved to avoid being hit.



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