Moments before TransAsia plane with 58 onboard crashes into Taiwan river


    By AFP

    A low-flying passenger plane with 58 people on board clipped a road bridge and plunged into a river outside Taiwan’s capital Wednesday with three feared dead and dozens trapped inside.

    It was the second serious incident involving a TransAsia Airways plane in a few months after another flight operated by the domestic airline crashed in July during a storm, killing 48 people.

    Amateur video footage from Wednesday’s accident showed the TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane hit the road bridge as it banked side-long towards the water, leaving a trail of debris.

    At least three people were showing “no life signs” when rescuers reached the river crash site just north of Taipei, a fire service official told AFP.

    “Three people showed no heartbeat and other life signs when they were rescued,” said Lin Kuan-cheng, the official from the national fire agency.

    One TV report said up to 10 people were feared dead from the crash of Flight GE235. However, a statement from the National Emergency Operation Center confirmed only two dead so far. More info