Plane Crashes In Taiwan With 53 On Board; At Least 15 Deaths Reported

February 04, 2015

A Taiwanese commercial flight with 53 passengers aboard clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and crashed into a river in the island’s capital of Taipei on Wednesday morning.

Taiwan state media reports 15 dead in crash of passenger flight into Taipei river after takeoff.

Wu Jun-hong, a Taipei Fire Department official who was coordinating the rescue, said the missing people were still in the fuselage or had been pulled downriver.

“At the moment, things don’t look too optimistic,” Wu told reporters at the scene. “Those in the front of the plane are likely to have lost their lives," he said.

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