Dramatic dashcam footage in Taiwan shows a TransAsia Airways plane scraping past a major highway moments before it careened into a shallow river, killing at least 23 people, with 20 others missing and 15 hospitalized.
The plane, which was carrying 58 people, clipped a bridge shortly after Wednesday’s takeoff from Taipei’s downtown Sungshan Airport, state media said. The plane was visible from Taiwan’s busy National Freeway No. 1 just seconds before the crash.
The plane can be seen veering sharply, with the wing striking a vehicle and barrier on the plane’s descent.
Parts of the wrecked fuselage of the turboprop ATR 72 jutted out of the Keelung River just a couple dozen yards from the shore. The main section of fuselage was on its side, missing a wing.
Rescuers clustered around the plane in rubber boats more than two hours after the crash, and could be seen pulling carry-on luggage from an open plane door.
The rescue efforts were ongoing.
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