At least 23 people have been confirmed dead as a plane carrying 58 passengers crash-landed into the Keelung river outside Taiwan’s capital in New Taipei City, Tapei today. The crash was caught on the dashcam of an oncoming vehicle. The surprising Dashcam video showed the plane flying out of control right before it veered over the Nanhu Bridge and crashed into the Keelung River. The crash occurred after take-off from Taipei’s Songshan Airport. The ATR-72 turboprop aircraft which belonged to TransAsia and which was en route to the island region of Kinmen was expected to land just before midday but was said to have lost contact with flight controllers at 10:55 a.m. Here are some pictures:
Taiwan’s official news agency CNA reported that the pilot appeared to try to control the plane as it descended, but the aircraft’s wing grazed the overpass of the bridge, clipping a passing taxi.
The two occupants of the taxi were rushed to the hospital and are in a stable condition. Emergency rescue officials in inflatable boats crowded almost immediately around the partially submerged fuselage lying on its side in the river, trying to help those on board.
Some passengers appeared to be wearing life jackets as they waited their turn to board rescue boats. So far, 23 people have been confirmed dead while 15 other injured people have been rescued, including a baby. Almost 15 others are still unaccounted for. The military said it had 165 personnel and numerous vehicles nearby to assist rescue efforts if required.
The last communication from one of the aircraft’s pilots was “Mayday Mayday engine flameout”, according to an air traffic control recording on liveatc.net. A flameout occurs when the fuel supply to the engine is interrupted or when there is a faulty combustion, resulting in an engine failure. Twin-engined aircraft, however, are usually able to keep flying even when one engine has failed.
After the Crash was reported, the CEO of TransAsia Airways went on air to tender a sincere apology to the public, the families of the victims and to their crew. According to him, 31 of the passengers aboard the flight were Chinese tourists, including three children.
Twenty-two were from Taiwan, including one child. He also said that airline staff has been dispatched to hospitals to provide assistance to families and the injured, as well as the taxi driver and passenger who were also receiving treatment.
TransAsia is Taiwan’s third-largest carrier, The plane involved in today’s mishap was among the first of the ATR 72-600s, the latest variant of the turboprop aircraft, that TransAsia received in 2014. They are among an order of eight placed by TransAsia in 2012. The aircraft have 72 seats each. The planes are mainly used to connect Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, to the island’s smaller cities. Take a look at what the dashcam caught: