TransAsia ATR-72 TAIWAN crash: 35 dead as ATR-72 Turbo Prop plane crashes into Taiwan river
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Some sixteen (later revised to 35 plus) people comprising passengers and crew have died when a TransAsia Airways turbo-prop plane clipped a bridge, narrowly missed road traffic, but hit a taxi (see above), and then crashed into a Taiwanese river near the capital city, Taipei. many more were injured, according to CNA - Central News Agency - Taiwan. 28 have so far been rescued.
Fifty-eight people in all boarded the domestic flight, several sustained injuries in addition to those who died
Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) broadcast video clips of the plane, taken by passing motorists, the forward section is seen half submerged in the Keelung river. Rescuers waist deep in water are still extracting people from the wrecked fuselage ripped open as it came to rest in the water.
Footage of the plane apparently filmed from inside passing cars showed it banking sharply, hitting a taxi and clipping the bridge before crashing into the river.
A Transasia Avions de Transport Regional ATR-72-212A, registration B-22816 flight GE-235 from Taipei Songshan to Kinmen (Taiwan) with 53 passengers and 5 crew, departed Songshan's runway 10.
Shortly after takeoff at 10:52L (02:52Z) the aircraft began to roll left, the crew radioed "Mayday! Mayday! Engine Flame Out!" at 10:53L with no further transmission.
The aircraft reached a maximum height of about 1050 feet (corrected for QNH), lost height, struck a taxi, hit Huangdong Boulevard Viaduct with its left wing at nearly 90 degrees of bank angle at about 10:55L (02:55Z) and impacted the water of the Keelung River near the Nankang Software Park.
It came to rest inverted, about 2.9nm from the end of runway 10. 14 people were initially rescued alive, 16 (later revised to 35) occupants were killed, 28 people are missing and feared trapped inside the wreckage almost submerged in the river.
The airline reported at 17:00L that 16 occupants have been killed, 13 occupants are being treated in various hospitals, one survivor has already been released from hospital care. The accident ATR-72-600 has been in service for less than a year and underwent last regular maintenance on Jan 26th 2015.
Taiwan's ASC have dispatched investigators on site and opened an investigation.
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