TransAsia flight operated by ATR 72-600 airplane destined to Kinmen from Taipei’s
domestic regional airport crashed to river with 58 passengers and crew on board.
TransAsia’s ATR 72-500 plane crash landed last July killing 48 of the 58 passengers and crew. It is unclear at this points, what the total number of casualties is going to be.
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Here’s an excerpt from Bloomberg News (access here):
A TransAsia Airways Corp. turboprop plane crashed into Keelung River near Taipei after hitting a taxi, killing at least 12 people. It was the second accident in less than a year for the Taiwanese airline.
Sixteen people were injured and 30 people are missing from Flight 235, Taipei City Government said today. There were 53 people and five crew members on board. GE235 crashed at about 10:45 a.m. local time, Thomas Wang, a spokesman for the Aviation Safety Council said. Two people in the taxi were injured when the plane collided, the government said.
The plane lost contact after takeoff, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Two tour groups from mainland China with 31 members were aboard the ATR-72 aircraft, a propeller plane made by Toulouse, France-based ATR.
There has certainly been too many crashes involving Asian airlines over the past 12 months. Let’s hope that they can soon figure out what went wrong with this TransAsia flight and try to ensure this tragic event not happening again.