15 Dead following Plane Crash in Taipei
Taiwanese reports say at least 32 people are dead following a plane crash in Taipei.
The countries Central News Agency says the flight, on its way to the outlying island of Kinmen, lost contact with controllers just before 11am. It’s fuselage landed in the Keelung River near the Sungshan airport downtown.
The plane clipped a bridge shortly before takeoff and careened into a shallow river early Wednesday morning. The main section of the aircraft was found on its side, missing a wing. The plane also hit a taxi, injuring the driver.
The plane was holding 58 people at the time of the accident. Rescue efforts are continuing and reports say 26 people have been pulled from the plane so far, with the others still trapped inside.
Wreckage from the turboprop ATR 72 are still being collected from the river, with rubber boats and other rescue crews seen unloading carry-on luggage from the plane door.
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