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TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 hits bridge, crashes in Taipei river

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

 TransAsia crash2015

TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 hits bridge and plunged into Taipei river in Taiwan on Wednesday, killing at least 21 people. Fifty eight people were aboard the plane; 31 of the passengers were Chinese tourists, including three children. Twenty-two were from Taiwan.

The plane crashed shortly after taking off from a downtown Taipei airport, bound to Kinmen, off the coast of the Chinese province of Xiamen.

The toll: 21 confirmed dead, 17 injured, including two on the ground and 22 missing, according to Taiwan's official news agency CNA.

Crews later recovered the black boxes belonging to the aircraft, CNA reported. The flight data recorder and voice data recorder were found in the tail of the plane, Ang Xingzhong, the executive director of Taiwan's Aviation Safety Council told the news agency.

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