Thursday, 5 February 2015

TransAsia Flight GE235 crashed into river in Taiwan

Shocking images of Taiwan TransAsia plane just before it crashed

A passenger plane with 58 on board crashed into a river outside Taiwan's capital Taipei on Wednesday. So far, 10 people have been rescued and dozens are believed trapped inside, said television reports

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Taiwan plane with 58 aboard crashes in Taipei; 12 killed

A Taiwanese flight carrying 58 people turned on its side in midair, clipped an elevated roadway and careened into a shallow river Wednesday shortly after taking off from Taipei, killing at least 19 people and leaving 24 missing, officials and media reports said.

More than half of the passengers aboard TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 were from China and the death toll was expected to rise as rescue crews cleared the mostly submerged fuselage in the Keelung River. Teams in rubber rafts clustered around the wreckage, several dozen meters (yards) from the shore.

Dramatic video clips apparently taken from cars on Taiwan's National Freeway No. 1 were posted online and aired by broadcasters, showing the ATR 72 prop-jet as it pivoted onto its side while zooming toward the elevated highway. In one of them, the plane rapidly fills the screen as its now-vertical wing scrapes over the road, hitting a vehicle before heading into the river.

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Dozens feared dead as TransAsia plane crashes in Taiwan
Amateur videos captured the moment the TransAsia Airways jet lost control and narrowly missed a motorway, clipping a bridge before plunging into the water

Reports said around a dozen people were known to have died, with perhaps 30 unaccounted for. Of some 58 passengers and crew on board, officials said 28 had been rescued.

Emergency workers on the river have been using inflatable boats to try to reach passengers trapped inside the fuselage.

Authorities say those on board included around 30 tourists from mainland China. The plane was on its way to the island of Kinmen.

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Video footage shows TransAsia flight 235 banking sharply to the left before clipping bridge and crashing into river
Video footage has emerged of the moment a Taiwanese flight with 58 people aboard banked sharply to the left before clipping a bridge and crashing into a river

At least 12 people have been killed in the incident, which occurred shortly after takeoff from the island's capital of Taipei.

Rescue crews at the site have said they feared many of the passengers and crew members of the TransAsia Airways flight remained trapped inside the aircraft.

Local television images show the ATR-72-600 prop-jet aircraft flying on its side, before one wing clips Taiwan's busy National Freeway No 1 just seconds before it crashed into the Keelung River.

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Passenger plane crash in Taipei

At least 16 people have been killed when a turboprop passenger plane operated by TransAsia Airways clipped a road bridge and plunged into a river in Taiwan, in the airline's second crash in just seven months.

Dramatic amateur video footage showed the TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane hit the road bridge as it banked sideways towards the water, leaving a trail of debris including a smashed taxi.

'I saw a taxi, probably just metres ahead of me, being hit by one wing of the plane. The plane was huge and really close to me. I'm still trembling,' one witness told TVBS news channel on Wednesday.

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TransAsia Safety Record Under Scrutiny After Second ATR72 Crash
Regulators are likely to scrutinize TransAsia Airways and its fleet of ATR72 turboprop aircraft after Wednesday's crash in Taiwan, its second fatal accident in seven months

Industry data showed the crash of Flight GE235, in which at least 16 people were killed, was the fifth aircraft the airline has written off since 1995.

The death toll could still rise after the ATR 72-600, which had 58 passengers and crew on board, crashed into a river shortly after taking off from Taipei's Songshan airport.

This comes just seven months after a TransAsia ATR 72-500 crashed while trying to land at Penghu Island, killing 48 of the 58 passengers and crew on board.

related: TransAsia Turboprop Crashes Into Taiwan River, Killing 23

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Second fatal crash in a year puts harsh spotlight on TransAsia
A rescue crew pulls out a passenger from TransAsia Airways' ATR 72-600 turboprop airplane that crashed into the Keelung River shortly after takeoff from Taipei Songshan airport on February 4, 2015 in Taipei, Taiwan

Statistics show the French-Italian ATR planes aren’t noticeably less reliable than competitors. Which begs questions of the operators.

The TransAsia Airways flight carrying 58 people that crashed into a river near Taiwan’s capital on Wednesday was captured in frightening footage instantly passed around the world.

Questions instantly arose about the safety record of Taiwan’s third-largest carrier, as today’s accident marks the airline’s second fatal crash in seven months. The company’s shares fell nearly 7% in response to the news, although they’re still 20% above the level they hit after the last crash.

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Facts about TransAsia Airways and its safety record
A photograph made available on Feb 4, 2015, shows an ATR 72 mid-range, twin-engined turboprop passenger plane of TransAsia Airways taking off from the Taipei Sungshan Airport in Taipei, Taiwan on Dec 6, 2014. A TransAsia Airways plane crashed into a river outside the capital Taipei Wednesday - the airline's second fatal crash in seven months. -- PHOTO: EPA

A TransAsia Airways plane crashed into a river outside the capital Taipei Wednesday - the airline's second fatal crash in seven months.

Here are a few facts about the airline: Founded in 1951 to serve domestic destinations, TransAsia Airways has expanded rapidly in the last four years, benefiting from increased revenues from its new China routes that have opened up as relations between Beijing and Taipei have improved.

Since 2011, the airline has launched 26 new routes to China, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Cambodia, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Incredible pictures show man emerging from taxi after it is struck by crashing plane in Taiwan
THE images show the man escaping from the passenger door of the yellow cab moments after the Taiwanese TransAsia Airways flight crashes into a bridge and river

INCREDIBLE pictures show the moment a man escaped from his cab after it was struck by the wing of a plane which crashed in Taiwan.

The yellow cab was crushed by the falling flight, shattering the windscreen and destroying the bonnet.

But in the images, you can see a man getting out of the driver's side of the vehicle before appearing to stagger and then sit by the side of the road. One picture appears to show him sat hunched against the roadside making a mobile phone call.

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