UPDATED: TransAsia Airways Plane Crash: Video Shows Airplane Accident Taipei, Taiwan (Photos)

February 3, 2015 Updated: July 18, 2015

A TransAsia Airways plane with 53 people on board crashed in a river in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday (local time) shortly after takeoff, killing at least 19 people.

The small aircraft, which was flying from Taipei to Kinmen, clipped a highway bridge about 3 minutes after takeoff sending the plane plunging into the urban river. Fifteen people were rescued and another 24 are missing, officials said. 

UPDATE: Officials say 23 are confirmed dead and 20 more are missing. 

ATC recordings show that the crew made a mayday call, reporting an engine flame out (23:25 – in Mandarin).

Photos uploaded on social media showed the plane submerged in water.

“Actually this aircraft in the accident was the newest model. It hadn’t been used for even a year, TransAsia director Peter Chen told a news conference.

The last time an TransAsia Airways had a fatal accident was six months ago when another TransAsia ATR-72, flight 222, crashed killing 47 of the 58 people on board. And in 2002, an ATR 72-200 cargo plane from Taipei to Macau crashed because of ice conditions. Both pilots were killed.

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