Up to 11 killed after plane crashes into Taipei river: Taiwan fire dept
Rescue personnel work to free passengers from a TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane that crash-landed into a river outside Taiwan's capital Taipei in New Taipei City on February 4, 2015. —AFP
TAIPEI: A passenger plane with 58 people on board plunged into a river killing at least 11 outside Taiwan's capital Taipei on Wednesday, the fire department said.
Of the 58 on board, 28 were rescued, the fire department said in a text message, leaving 19 people missing.
The TransAsia ATR 72-600 turboprop plane was on a domestic flight when it hit a road bridge before ploughing into the river, media reports said.
Rescuers were trying to reach the trapped passengers.
Television images showed rescuers standing on large sections of broken wreckage trying to pull passengers out of the plane with ropes.
Those who were rescued — including two children — were put in dinghies and taken to the shore. Some were then loaded on stretchers and all rescued have been taken to hospital, reports said.
Officials at Taiwanese emergency services were not immediately available to comment.
The accident happened just before 11:00 am (0300 GMT), a few minutes after the plane took off from Taipei's Songshan airport en route to the island of Kinmen.
Last July 48 people were killed after another domestic TransAsia flight crashed onto houses during a storm on the Taiwanese island of Penghu.
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