Drivers in Taiwan were horrified to see a TransAsia turbo-prop passenger plane crash, hitting the edge of a bridge. After hitting the higway, the domestic flight crashed into a river near the Taiwanese capital of Taipei.
The plane, carrying 58 people, has broken up and the fuselage is lying half-submerged in the Keelung River. Rescue efforts are ongoing.
More the 20 people are reported to have died after TransAsia Airways flight GE235 crashed into Keelung River shortly after take off from Taipei Songshan airport. The were 53 passengers and 5 crew on board. A major rescue operation continues.
Television footage showed some passengers wading clear of the sunken wreckage and a toddler being pulled out alive by rescuers.
Dramatic pictures taken by a motorist and posted on Twitter showed the plane careening over the motorway soon after the turboprop ATR 72-600 aircraft took off in apparently clear weather on a domestic flight for the island of Kinmen.
The fast expansion of aircraft fleets and the strain on pilot training systems have added to potential safety risk. Since 2010, Asian carriers have been involved in four of the five events with the most fatalities, according to the independent Aviation Safety Network.
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