Asia 9 dead in TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan’s Taipei river

9 dead in TransAsia plane crash in Taiwan’s Taipei river

Rescue personnel work to free passengers from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into a river outside Taiwan's capital Taipei in New Taipei City on Feb 4, 2015.
Rescue personnel work to free passengers from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into a river outside Taiwan’s capital Taipei in New Taipei City on Feb 4, 2015.

AA-At least nine people were killed Wednesday after a TransAsia plane with 58 people on board crashed into a river in Taiwan’s capital Taipei after hitting an elevated bridge, state media reported.

While 27 people were rescued from the plane’s wreckage in the Keelung River, according to the Central News Agency, nine of them showed no signs of life upon arriving at hospital or died while receiving treatment.

Other passengers remain trapped in the plane’s fuselage or were floating outside it as of 1 p.m. (0500GMT), CNA reported, citing cable TV news reports.

The ATR-72 plane had been carrying 53 passengers and five crew members when it crashed 10 minutes after taking off from Taipei Songshan Airport at 10.52 a.m. en route to Kinmen, an outlying island off the coast of southeast China.

The passengers include two children and around 31 Chinese tourists from Xiamen city on China’s southeast coast.

As the plane descended toward the ground, the pilot appeared to be trying to regain control when its wings grazed an overpass and a taxi.

The driver of the taxi and a female passenger sustained injuries and were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they are in stable condition.

Vehicles and speedboats from Taipei’s fire department were dispatched to the scene to help in rescue operations.

The plane was reportedly a newer version of the TransAsia French-made ATR-72 aircraft that crashed during an aborted landing last July on the outlying island of Penghu, claiming the lives of 49 people.

The Civil Aeronautics Administration did not provide any information on what may have cause Wednesday’s crash, but said the less than a year-old plane had completed its latest safety checks Jan. 26.

 

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