Taiwan Plane Crash Part 2: Death toll rising

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 4, 2015

Conflicting reports from Taiwan have indicated that the death toll in this morning’s plane crash has gone up with various sources putting the number between 12 and 15 passengers.

It was initially reported that at least nine people had died when a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop cartwheeled over a highway before clipping a bridge and plunging into the Keelung River shortly after taking off from Sung Shan airpor,t on-route to Shang-Yi on the island of Kinmen. A total of 53 passengers and five crew members were on-board Flight GE235 with rescuers indicating that around 30 were still missing. 

Video footage from an in-car dash cam, later posted on social media, showed the plane appearing over a high rise before making a rapid decent, clipping a vehicle and the bridge, then careening into the river. The vehicle has since been identified as a taxi with reports indicating that the driver has been taken to hospital having been struck on the head.

No cause of the accident has yet been determined.

 

IMAGE sourced from www.rediff.com

 

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