VIDEO Captures Taiwanese Commercial Jet #GE235 Crash into Bridge Above Taipei River
Taiwanese commercial jet flight 235 scraped a bridge and then crashed into the Taipei River on Wednesday.
At least 23 people were killed..
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) February 4, 2015
Video captured the moment Flight GE235 scraped into a bridge before it crashed into the river.
The AP reported:
A Taiwanese flight with 58 people aboard clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and careened into a shallow river Wednesday in the island’s capital of Taipei, killing at least eight people, state media said.
Parts of the wrecked fuselage of the turboprop ATR 72 jutted out of the Keelung River just a couple dozen meters (yards) from the shore near the city’s downtown Sungshan airport. The main section of fuselage was on its side, missing a wing.
Rescuers clustered around the plane in rubber boats more than two hours after the crash, and could be seen pulling carry-on luggage from an open plane door.
The country’s Central News Agency said eight people were killed out of 26 that had been pulled from the plane. The rescue was continuing.
CNA said the flight from Taipei to the outlying island of Kinmen lost contact with flight controllers at 10:55 a.m. and the fuselage landed in the Keelung River near the city’s downtown Sungshan airport.
As many as 31 passengers were from mainland China, Taiwan’s TVBS news broadcaster said. Kinmen lies just off the Chinese coast, making it a convenient way to return to the mainland after traveling to Taiwan.
Here’s another view from a dashcam:
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