TransAsia airplane crashes in Taiwan river

first_imgA TransAsia Airways flight tragically crashed into a river in Taiwan yesterday with at least 31 people killed in the incident.Footage has emerged of the incident, showing the TransAsia ATR-72 aircraft hitting a bridge as it came down shortly after take-off from Songshan Airport in North Taiwan, the BBC reported.The plane was carrying 58 people and broke up as it plunged into Taipei’s Keelung River, with the fuselage later salvaged by crane.Emergency teams cut open the plane while it was in the water but were unable to reach the passengers trapped in the front section of the fuselage.There were 15 survivors pulled from the wreckage, yet 12 people still remain unaccounted for.As night fell, a crane was used to lift the wreckage on to the bank, with the death toll expected to rise as rescue teams continued to search the fuselage for missing passengers.Flight controllers lost contact with the plane at 10:55 am local time with the final communication from the pilots to air traffic control was “Mayday, mayday, engine flame out.”The wreckage of the crash has been lifted out of the water and now resides on the river bank.Around 400 soldiers have been drafted in to help the recovery operation.This is the second TransAsia ATR-72 to crash in seven months, following an accident last July which killed 48 people and injured 15.Source = ETB Travel News: Lewis Wisemanlast_img

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