There is a horrific videotape capturing the crash of a TransAsia airplane crashing in Taiwan. The plane in the videotape below appears to lose control after takeoff, clip a bridge, and then crashes into a river. That is amazing is that people survived this crash and were seen swimming from the wreckage. This video is likely to be analyzed for years not just in the crash investigation but the likely litigation over the accident.
At least 19 of the 58 passengers were killed.
The plane was left in pieces and half-submerged in the Keelung River.
There are still 24 missing passengers according to the last reports.
The ATR-72 turbo-prop plane had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was heading to the Kinmen islands near south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen. Just before the crash, the pilots radioed air traffic control with “Mayday, mayday, engine flame out.”
The fact that people can survive such a crash is astonishing and a little good news in this unfolding tragedy.