At least 15 people have been killed after a Taiwanese flight with 58 people turned on its side in midair, clipped an elevated roadway and crashed into a river on the island’s capital of Taipei.
The death toll in the TransAsia Airways flight was expected to rise as rescue crews cleared the mostly sunken fuselage in the Keelung River yards from the shore. Teams of rescuers in rubber rafts clustered around the wreckage.
The ATR 72 prop-jet aircraft was flying on its side, with one wing scraping past Taiwan’s National Freeway No. 1 just seconds before it plunged into the river, local television images showed.
It was the airline’s second French-Italian-built ATR 72 to crash in the past year.
Today’s flight had taken off from Taipei’s Sungshan Airport en route to the outlying Taiwan-controlled Kinmen islands.