Wednesday 4 February 2015

Breaking News: Another TransAsia Crashed Into River, Killing At Least 12

A plane carrying mostly Chinese tourists has crashed into a river in Taiwan, killing at least 16 people.
The plane, carrying 58 people, has broken up and the fuselage is lying half-submerged in the Keelung River. Rescue efforts are ongoing.
Cindy Sui reports: ''Many of the people on board are still inside the aircraft''
Rescuers on boats have cut the plane open to gain access to several people still trapped inside.

The ATR-72 turbo-prop plane had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was heading to the Kinmen islands, just off the coast of the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen.

Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration said the last communication from one of the pilots had been: "Mayday, mayday, mayday."

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

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

"I saw a taxi, probably just metres ahead of me, being hit by one wing of the plane," an eyewitness told local media.

"The plane was huge and really close to me. I'm still trembling."

Reports on the number of dead varied, with some saying at least 16 people lost their lives. Several people suffered injuries and some were still unaccounted for.

Reference: bbc

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