At least nine people were killed and dozens unaccounted for after a TransAsia Airways plane clipped a bridge and crashed into a river near Taipei on Wednesday.
Pictures taken by a motorist and posted on Twitter showed the plane, which was carrying 58 people on board, cartwheeling over a motorway close to the airport soon after taking off, Reuters reported.
Television footage showed passengers wearing life jackets wading and swimming clear of the river.
The aircraft, a turboprop ATR-72, had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was headed to the outlying Kinmen islands, just off the coast of south-east China, before it crashed.
Taiwan’s civil aviation authorities said soon after the crash that two people had been killed, but television stations later reported that the death toll had risen to nine.
Officials said 16 people had been rescued, meaning that as many as 33 people were still missing, Reuters noted.
Emergency rescue officials in inflatable boats gathered around the partially submerged fuselage, trying to help those on board.
According to some reports, 31 tourists from mainland China were among the 58 people on the ill-fated aircraft.
TransAsia is Taiwan’s third-largest carrier.
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