This shocking dashcam video captured the moment a passenger plane crashed into a bridge and plunged into a river in the Taiwanese capital of Taipei on Wednesday morning.
Fifty-eight people were aboard TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 when it veered out of control as it flew to Kinmen, off the coast of the Chinese province of Xiamen. Rescuers were quick to arrive at the scene and scrambled to pull survivors from the submerged wreck of the ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop aircraft. So far, 31 have been confirmed dead, 15 injured (including two in a taxi that the plane hit on the bridge), and 12 are still missing.
The search and rescue effort continues.
(source YouTube, CNN)
According to Taiwan”s Civil Aeronautics Administration, the plane was less than a year old and had last completed a safety check on January 26th. The agency has yet to offer any information on what may have caused the crash.
This is the second crash of TransAsia Airways in the past 12 months, with another ATR 72 crashing during approach under horrible weather conditions last July.