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Small TransAsia airplane crashes in Taipei

2015/02/04 11:37

(Photo courtesy of the New Taipei City Fire Department)

Update:Latest on CAA website (in Chinese)(Note: The Civil Aeronautics Administration updated the number of deaths to 43 at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, after the last body was found)

[Searches move to around the Nanhu Bridge on Thursday]

[A search worker throws ghost money into the Keelung River Wednesday before an excavator was deployed to look for people remaining missing in the Feb. 4 crash. CNA photo Feb. 10, 2015]

[The search team memebrs use iron bars to help search the three people remaining missing Tuesday. CNA photo Feb. 10, 2015]

[The Presidential Office. CNA photo Feb. 10, 2015]

[A religious service is held to console the souls of the dead in Taipei Monday evening. CNA photo Feb. 9, 2015]

Feb. 7[Sunday]

[Searches are focused around the area in the Keelung River, where the aircraft was stuck in the mud after the crash, on Saturday.]

Video report:

A Taipei Fire Department offical explains how the search for missing passengers has been expanded to cover more areas (in Chinese).

Video report:

Searches continue Thursday morning:

Taipei, Feb. 4 (CNA) An ATR-72 airplane belonging to TransAsia Airways crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei after hitting an elevated bridge, Taipei City government spokesman Sidney Lin confirmed Wednesday morning.

The plane had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was headed to Kinmen Airport in the outlying county just off the coast of southeastern China.

[Taipei City traffic cam shows the crashed jet in the Keelung River]

Initial cable TV news reports said 53 passengers were on board of the ill-fated flight.

The Taipei fire department has sent vehicles and speedboats to the scene to help with rescue efforts.

TV news reports said around a dozen people on the plane were rescued and sent to a nearby hospital and another 10 or so were still trapped in the aircraft.

(By Flor Wang)enditem/ls

The aircraft is lifted out of the river

Black boxes recovered

Rescue efforts:

Video on the expressway:

Location of the traffic cam: