Dramatic moment plane carrying 58 people clips bridge and crashes into river


Dramatic footage has emerged of the moment an aeroplane carrying 58 people clipped a bridge and crashed into a river.

At least 12 people died in the crash involving a TransAsia flight in Taipei, Taiwan.

Rescue crews in rubber rafts clustered around an exposed area of the mostly sunken fuselage, which was on its side in the Keelung River and missing a wing a couple dozen yards from the shore.

They feared many of the passengers and crew members of the TransAsia Airways flight remained trapped inside.

epa04602993 Search and rescue team members operate on a TransAsia Airways passenger plane crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, 04 February 2015, shortly after taking-off from the Taipei Songshan Airport for Kinmen Island. Of the 58 people on board the ATR 72 plane, at least 12 were killed, 16 injured and the rest rapped inside the plane. There were 31 Chinese tourists on board the plane.  EPA/DAVID CHANG A rescue operation is underway to see if any more people can be found (picture: EPA)

The ATR-72-600 prop-jet aircraft was flying on its side, with one wing scraping past Taiwan’s busy National Freeway No. 1 just seconds before it plunged into the river, dashcam footage shows.

It had taken off from Taipei’s downtown Sungshan Airport en route to the outlying Taiwan-controlled Kinmen islands.


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