28-09-2016 01:13 PM Jerusalem Timing

More than 25 Lost Lives as Taiwan Plane Plunges into River

More than 25 Lost Lives as Taiwan Plane Plunges into River

At least 25 people were killed Wednesday when a passenger plane operated by TransAsia Airways clipped an overpass soon after take-off and plunged into a river in Taiwan.

Taiwan plane disasterAt least 25 people were killed Wednesday when a passenger plane operated by TransAsia Airways clipped an overpass soon after take-off and plunged into a river in Taiwan.

As the rescue operation continued into the night, a crane lifted the rear and central sections of the plane from the water, with one body retrieved from inside.

The front part, where 17 people are believed to be trapped, was still in the water.

TransAsia said 16 survivors had been pulled out of the wreckage after the turboprop plane crashed with 58 people onboard. Many of the passengers were mainland Chinese tourists.

Cold weather, poor visibility and rising water levels were hampering the rescue, officials said, admitting they were now "not optimistic" about finding survivors.

Dramatic amateur video footage showed the TransAsia ATR 72-600 hit an elevated road as it banked sidelong towards the Keelung River, leaving a trail of debris including a smashed taxi.

Aviation officials said they had not released the cockpit recording, suggesting it may have come from amateurs monitoring the radio.

It was the second fatal crash involving a TransAsia Airways plane in seven months. A flight operated by the domestic airline crashed in July during a storm, killing 48 people.