A TransAsia Airways plane reportedly carrying more than 50 people has crash-landed into a Taipei river.
Reports are saying that the TransAsia plane crashed into the Keelung River shortly after takeoff and that 10 people were injured.
Flight GE 235 from Taipei to Kinmen crashed at about 10:45 a.m. local time, according to [Thomas Wang, a spokesman for the Aviation Safety Council]. The council didn’t say how many people were on board the ATR-72 aircraft, a propeller plane made by Toulouse, France-based ATR. At least 10 people were taken to the hospital, local media TVBS reported.
TransAsia spokeswoman Frankie Fang was unable to confirm how many people were on board the plane or whether there have been any fatalities.
Ten people were rescued and 40 people were injured in today’s crash, Apple Daily reported. The plane had 53 passengers and five crew, it said.
Users on Twitter have published a number of pictures from the scene and information from local news reports, some of it conflicting.
We’ll update as more details come through. You can also watch live coverage here (in Chinese).
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Taiwanese media: TransAsia Airways ATR72-600 "apparently" hit a viaduct, ditched in Keelung River, took off from Taipei Song Shan (04FEB15)
— airlineroute (@airlineroute) February 4, 2015
RT @PzFeed TRANSASIA PLANE CRASH: - Landed in Taipei river - Injuries reported - 58 aboard - 51 adults - 2 children - 5 crew
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UPDATE [2:00 p.m.]: At least eight people have been confirmed dead after the plane clipped a bridge and crashed into the Keelung River, BBC News reports, citing Taiwanese media outlet CNA. A total of 58 people were onboard the flight, and rescue teams are now trying to help around 30 people still trapped inside of the plane.
It’s believed that 53 of the 58 on board are passengers and the rest crew. Thirty-one of these passengers are tourists from mainland China.
Last July, 48 passengers were killed when a TransAsia Airways plane crashed in Taiwan’s Penghu Islands. The crash-landing was caused by adverse weather conditions.
UPDATE [3:56 p.m.]: The death toll in the TransAsia plane crash has climbed up to 13, SCMP reports, citing a spokesperson for the airline.
The rescue operation is still underway.
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UPDATE [4:58 p.m.]: According to Taiwan press reports, the black box has been found. Official death toll now stands at 19, another 24 remain missing.