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Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Video & Photos: Final communication from TransAsia #ATR72 cockpit: At least 23 killed, dozens still missing

At least 23 people have been killed and another 15 rescued, including four children, from the wreckage of a passenger plane after it clipped a freeway overpass and crashed into a river in Taiwan on Wednesday.
Fire department officials have confirmed that 14 of the fatalities died at the scene while the other nine died as a result of their injuries before they reached a hospital,The Strait Times reports. 
The other 20 passengers remain unaccounted for and are believed to be still trapped inside the TransAsia Airways GE235 plane as the rescue operation on the Keeling River in the capital city of Taipei continues.
Over 1000 rescue personnel, including hundreds of military troops, are currently at the crash site attempting to rescue the 20 passengers who remain unaccounted for
Terrifying footage of the disaster, filmed by a passing motorist's dashboard camera, has emerged and shows the ATR 72-600 turboprop domestic flight, reportedly with 58 people on board, plunging into the water only three minutes after taking off from Songshan airport which was 5km away. 
However The Strait Times reported that eye witnesses of the disaster claimed they saw people being thrown out of the plane upon impact.
Civil aviation officials said the flight took off at 10:53am, en route to the island of Kinmen, and lost contact with controllers two minutes later. The cause of the crash remains unknown.
In what was believed to be the final communication from the cockpit, aired by local television news, the plane's crew could be heard shouting 'Mayday! Mayday! Engine flameout!'.
A 'flameout' is when the flame in a plane's engine is extinguished, resulting in a loss of power or engine failure. 
Watch a motorist film the the plane descend before it crashed, so sad!
A survivor is taken to safety by emergency crew: 23 people have reportedly died and 15 people have been rescued
An injured passenger is helped onto land by emergency personnel along the river bank. Amongst those rescued are four children 
Another injured passenger is stretchered by emergency workers after being fitted with a neck brace 
Rescuers transfer an injured passenger from a crashed plane in Taipei to an ambulance vehicle 
Soldiers and rescue personnel carry the body of a passenger from the commercial plane to safety
A taxi driver was also taken to hospital after suffering severe head injuries and concussion when the plane crushed his vehicle before colliding with the bridge
A man walks past the wreckage of the GE235  flight which clipped a freeway overpass before crash landing in a river
 Thousands of people have crowded around the crash site in Taiwan as 20 passangers remain unaccounted for
An injured passenger with blood on her face is escorted by emergency personnel up the river bank
Emergency personnel carry the body of a passenger extracted from the commercial plane after it crashed
A policeman takes photo of passengers' luggage recovered from the  plane which crashed into the Keelung River
Military personnel carry items from the  ATR 72-600 turboprop airplane to shore
Civil aviation officials said the flight took off at 10:53 am and lost contact with controllers two minutes later
A military police officer inspects passengers' luggage recovered from the wreckage of the aircraft
Passengers' belongings are placed in front of the wreckage of the TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane on the Keelung river bank outside Taiwan's capital Taipei
Safe: The toddler and a Taiwanese official rush to safety once they reach dry land, after the little boy is rescued from the plane which crashed into the Keeling River in Taipai, Taiwan's capital city
Safe: The toddler and a Taiwanese official rush to safety once they reach dry land, after the little boy is rescued from the plane which crashed into the Keeling River in Taipai, Taiwan's capital city

Salvage: Cranes were used to lift part of the sunken aeroplane out of the river. At least 25 people have died from the cras

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