TransAsia Airways Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Killing 23

By Paul Riegler on 4 February 2015
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DSC_0836A TransAsia aircraft crashed into a river in Taipei, Taiwan shortly after takeoff Wednesday morning.

At least 23 people were killed according to official reports and rescue operations were underway.

TransAsia Flight 235, an ATR-72 turboprop, had just departed Taipei Songshan Airport and was heading to Kinmen, a small archipelago of several islands administered by the Republic of China.

Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said that 53 passengers and five crew members were onboard.  The agency reported that 15 others had been injured.

Images posted on line taken by dashboard cameras showed the aircraft flying low over an elevated highway.  The plane’s left wing clipped the road and struck a taxi before crashing into the river.  Two people inside the taxi were injured, according to the Taipei government.

(Photo: Accura Media Group)

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