TransAsia plane crash-lands in Taipei river in Taiwan; at least two killed, 10 hurt

Beijing: The TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane was on a domestic flight when it hit a road bridge before ploughing into the river, the reports said. Rescuers were trying to reach the trapped passengers, they said.


Rescue personnel work to free passengers from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into a river outside Taiwan`s capital Taipei in New Taipei City on February 4, 2015.
At least two people were killed when a Taiwanese TransAsia plane carrying 58 people crashed landed in a Taipei river on Wednesday, the Taiwan government said.

About 16 people were rescued, civil aeronautics authorities told a media briefing. Thirty-one mainland Chinese tourists were among those on board, Taiwan’s tourism bureau said.

The TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane was on a domestic flight when it hit a road bridge before ploughing into the river, the reports said. Rescuers were trying to reach the trapped passengers, they said.

However, the cause of the incident was not immediately clear.

Transasia airlines last crash occurred in July of 2014, when a plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island, in which 48 people were killed.

(With agency inputs)