TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — At least 19 people are dead and 24 are missing after a Taiwanese flight crashed shortly after takeoff from Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, with 58 people aboard.
Video shows the TransAsia Airways plane turning on its side in midair, clipping an elevated roadway and careening into a shallow river.
Rescue crews in rubber rafts are clearing the mostly sunken fuselage in the Keelung River a couple dozen yards from the shore. The death toll is expected to rise.
A broadcast report says the plane’s wing also hit a taxi, injuring the driver. Taiwanese media posted pictures of the plane in the water about 100 meters (yards) from the shore of Keelung River.
CNA said the flight from Taipei to the outlying island of Kinmen lost contact with flight controllers at about 10:55 a.m. and the fuselage landed in the Keelung River near the city’s downtown Sungshan airport.
It’s the airline’s second French-Italian-built ATR 72 prop-jet to crash in the past year. Another ATR 72 operated by the same airline crashed last July 23, killing 48 at the end of a typhoon. That crash is also under investigation.