23 Killed As Plane Crashes Into River In Taiwan

Rescuers pull a passenger out of the TransAsia Airways plane which crash landed in a river, in New Taipei City




AT least 23 people were killed when a passenger plane clipped an overpass soon after take-off and plunged into a river in Taiwan Wednesday.

Rescue officials said 15 survivors had been pulled out of the wreckage after the plane operated by TransAsia Airways crashed with 58 people on board.

Reports say were still missing in the airline’s second crash in seven months.

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Many of the passengers were mainland Chinese tourists.

Desperate crew shouted “Mayday! Mayday! Engine flameout!” according to a recording thought to be the final message from the cockpit to the control tower played on local television.

Aviation officials said they had not released the cockpit recording, suggesting it may have come from amateurs monitoring the radio.

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