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Plane with 53 passengers crashes in river

3 years 9 months 1 week ago Wednesday, February 04 2015 Feb 4, 2015 February 04, 2015 3:33 AM February 04, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Hunter Robinson

TAIPEI, Taiwan - At least 19 people are dead and 24 are missing after a Taiwanese flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Taiwan's capital, Taipei, with 58 people aboard.

Video shows the TransAsia Airways plane turning on its side in midair, clipping an elevated roadway and careening into a shallow river.

Rescue crews in rubber rafts are clearing the mostly sunken fuselage in the Keelung River a couple dozen yards from the shore. The death toll is expected to rise.

A broadcast report says the plane's wing also hit a taxi, injuring the driver.

It's the airline's second French-Italian-built ATR 72 prop-jet to crash in the past year. Another ATR 72 operated by the same airline crashed last July 23, killing 48 at the end of a typhoon. That crash is also under investigation.



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