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Eight people have died after a TransAsia Airways plane clipped a bridge and crashed into a river near the Taiwanese capital, Taipei. Fifty-eight people were onboard the domestic flight, and a number of people were reportedly injured. Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) broadcast footage of the plane almost submerged in the Keelung river.   Rescue ...

Plane crashes into Taiwan river – VIDEO

Eight people have died after a TransAsia Airways plane clipped a bridge and crashed into a river near the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

Fifty-eight people were onboard the domestic flight, and a number of people were reportedly injured.

Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) broadcast footage of the plane almost submerged in the Keelung river.

 

Rescue teams are alongside the plane trying to rescue about 30 people still trapped inside.

The ATR-72 had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was headed to the outlying Kinmen islands, just off the coast of south-east China, CNA said.

Flight controllers lost contact with the plane at 10:55 local time (02:55 GMT).

Footage of the plane apparently filmed from inside passing cars showed it banking sharply and clipping the bridge before crashing into the river.

CNA also quoted a government spokesman as saying the plane had hit an elevated bridge.

Out of the 58 people on board 53 are believed to be passengers and five are crew. Thirty-one of the passengers are tourists from mainland China.

 

Source:BBC

Video source: youtube, user War News

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