Post link 04 February 2015, 15:48
Li Anne Wong | @LiAnneCNBC
Pichi Chuang | Reuters
Rescuers pull a passenger out of the TransAsia Airways plane which crash landed in a river, in New Taipei City

A TransAsia Airways flight with 58 on board, including five crew members, crash landed in a river in Taipei, Taiwan, on Wednesday.

Twenty people have yet to be accounted for and at least 23 people were killed, Reuters said, after the ATR-72 turboprop crashed three minutes after take off at 10:45 a.m. local time. The plane was en route from Taipei's Songshan Airport to the outlying island of Kinmen.

Television footage showed passengers wearing life jackets wading and swimming clear of the river. Emergency rescue officials in inflatable boats crowded around the partially submerged fuselage Flight GE235, lying on its side in the river, trying to help those on board.

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About 16 people were rescued, civil aeronautics authorities told a media briefing. Some 31 mainland Chinese tourists were among those on board, Taiwan's tourism bureau said.

Dramatic images captured by motorists have been circulating on Twitter, showing the plane as it impacted the Keelung River.

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