Posts Tagged ‘keelung river’

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Straits Times: The ATR-72 turboprop aircraft with 58 onboard was flying from Taipei to the offshore island of Kinmen when it crashed into the Keelung River after apparently ramming into a highway viaduct, Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) said. Taiwan’s United Daily News said about 10 people have been sent to hospital, and more than 40 are still awaiting rescue. The New Taipei City Fire Department has dispatched five rescue teams, equipped with speed boats, to the accident site near the Nanyang Bridge in Xizhi district, CNA said.

Gawker: Taiwan’s Civil Aeronautics Agency confirmed to NBC News and the New York Times that 23 people are confirmed dead in the crash, and 20 remain unaccounted for. Just before the crash, the Times reports, the plane’s pilot radioed air traffic control to report an engine problem: “Mayday, mayday. Engine flameout.”

Sounds like flying over in Asia is basically turning into a death wish. Sad story out of Taiwan this morning but seriously what the fuck is going on over there?? I know they say flying is supposed to be safer than driving but I’ll take a car accident any day over a crash landing in water.