Drivers in Taiwan captured some amazing footage of the moment TransAsia’s flight GE235 crash-landed in a river in Taipei. The footage shows the turboprop plane rolling sharply as it crosses over a road. TransAsia Airways has confirmed 13 people have died.
The Taiwanese Flight carried 58 people:
five crew and 53 passengers
Live footage showed rescue workers trying to pull people from the wreckage nearly 3 hours after the crash reportedly took place. Journalist Tim Culpan photographed the scene, showing the plane mostly submerge and rescue workers using inflatable boats to get to the downed aircraft. The Taipei government set up a disaster response center to deal with the crash.
Dozens of survivors reported after flight ditches in river
According to the BBC, rescuers are still working to retrieve trapped passengers.
“We’re asking the public works department for heavy cranes to be deployed, in the hopes that the body of the plane can be lifted up…At the moment, we think a lot of the trapped people are in the head of the plane.”
– Wu Jun-Hong, assistant director of Taipei’s fire department
Images, later put on Twitter showed the plane’s wing apparently hitting a car that was travelling along the raised highway. Taiwan’s TVBS also showed images of an extensively damaged taxi.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) February 4, 2015
This is the second TransAsia turboprop to crash in Taiwan in the pas six months. Back in July, 48 people died when a TransAsia flight crashed off the coast after failing to make a second landing during a typhoon.[TVBS Via BBC]