Dashcam Video Shows TransAsia Crash Shortly after Takeoff
Fifteen people survived the crash of a TransAsia Airways plane that cartwheeled into a river shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday. At least 19 people died, 24 are missing. 58 people were on board.
Dramatic video from a dashcam shows the plane clipping the highway before crashing into the river.
Television footage showed survivors wearing life jackets wading and swimming clear of wreckage.
Officials said the plane had completed a safety check on Jan. 26. Authorities also said that the pilot had more than 4,400 hours of flying experience, while the co-pilot had over 6,000 hours.
ABC reports this is the second crash involving TransAsia’s French-made ATR 72 planes in the past year. In July, a flight crashed while attempting to land on the island of Penghu off Taiwan's coast, killing 48 people and injuring another 10. Stormy weather and low visibility were suspected as factors in that crash.