It looks terrible, and it was, but it could have been far worse had the pilot of TransAsia flight GE235 not managed to steer the plane into water. So far at least twenty-three are dead, fifteen have been rescued, and twenty are still missing after the flight went down into Taipei’s Keelung River.
The twin-engine propeller plane carrying 58 people crashed shortly after takeoff from Taipei Airport, en route to Kinmen Island, with 53 passengers and five crew, the state-run Central News Agency reported.
Footage taken by a motorist appears to show the wing of the stricken plane clipping a taxi and slamming through the wall of a motorway before crashing into the Keelung River in Taipei.
Map showing where #TransAsia Airways flight #GE235 crashed in Taipei's Keelung river pic.twitter.com/Xgqi6aG3Pv
— AFP News Agency (@AFP) February 4, 2015
#TransAsia's terrifying plane crash caught on film http://t.co/4ldJNXotEI pic.twitter.com/PB3QPQU5av
— Global Grind (@GlobalGrind) February 4, 2015
TVBS: Taxi cab was clipped by #GE235 as it descended into river in Taipei. #Taiwan #TransAsia pic.twitter.com/YuvtTl9xUP
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 4, 2015
Death toll reaches at least 23 after #TransAsia plane crashes into Taiwan river http://t.co/s6NgQK8NrC pic.twitter.com/1LDtF75yDr
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) February 4, 2015