At least 26 people were killed Wednesday after a Taiwanese flight with 58 people on board turned onto its side shortly after takeoff, clipped a bridge and crashed into a river in the island’s capital of Taipei.
The crash was captured in a dramatic video by a driver who was traveling along Taiwan’s busy National Freeway No. 1. Officials said 15 people were rescued with injuries, and 18 were unaccounted for. Thirty-one passengers were from China.
The French-Italian-built ATR 72-600 prop aircraft pivoted onto its side with one wing scraping past National Freeway No. 1 just before it plunged into the river, local television images showed.
The plane’s wing hit a taxi on the freeway, and the driver and a passenger were injured, TransAsia director Peter Chen said. Rescuers later used a crane to hoist the plane out of the river.