Plane Crashes Onto Expressway Then Into River In Taiwan Kills 23 Injures 15

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HONG KONG — A passenger plane crashed into a river in Taiwan’s capital, Taipei, shortly after takeoff on Wednesday morning, killing at least 23 people, officials said. Rescue operations were underway to pull survivors from the water.

The plane, a TransAsia Airways twin turboprop flying as Flight 235, had just left Taipei Songshan Airport bound for nearby Kinmen, an island just off the mainland Chinese province of Fujian, Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Administration said. Fifty-three passengers and five crew members were aboard, the agency said.

At least 23 people were killed, with 15 others injured and the remainder unaccounted for, the agency said Wednesday evening.

Dramatic images taken from car dashboard cameras and posted online showed the plane flying low over an elevated highway, its left wing clipping the road before it crashed into the river. The plane struck a taxi, injuring two people inside, the Taipei (cont’d)