A TransAsia airways plane carrying 53 passengers & five crew crashed into a shallow river in Taiwan this morning February 4th, killing at least 12 people.
16 people have been rescued alive and about 30 are missing. The crash was caught on the dashcam of a car driving through the bridge. It shows the plane clipping a bridge shortly after take-off this morning from Taipei’s Sungshan Airport and crashing into the Keelung river.
The plane’s wings also hit a taxi on the freeway, seriously injuring the driver. Rescue workers are currently at the scene and have been able to pull people alive from the wreckage.
The Taiwanese Central Disaster Response Centre issued the statement below about the crash-
The plane lost contact at 10.53am on and was found in Keelung river in Taipei. The ministry of transportation contacted the disaster response centre 20 minutes later.
Confirmed on the flight are 53 passengers and five crew members, totalling 58 people. Taipei city rescue teams are in operation, having rescued 16 people who were admitted to a nearby hospital, with two announced dead on arrival.
Several fire engines, ambulances, water craft and almost 170 rescue staff have been dispatched.