A commerical plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a river in Taiwan on Wednesday, resulting in death of at least 31 people, according to the island’s official news agency, CNA.
Fifty-eight people were aboard TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 when it veered out of control as it flew to Kinmen, off the coast of the Chinese province of Xiamen.
Rescuers scrambled to pull survivors from the submerged wreck of the ATR 72 twin-engine turboprop aircraft, which went down shortly after takeoff from Taipei, the Taiwanese capital.
The toll: 31 confirmed dead, 15 injured and 12 missing, officials said. The search and rescue effort continues. Two other people, who were in a car on the bridge that was clipped by the wing of the plane as it went down, also were injured.
The plane’s pilot and two co-pilots were among those confirmed dead, authorities said.
Crews later recovered the aircraft’s “black boxes,” said CNA, the island’s official news agency. The flight data recorder and voice data recorder were found in the tail of the plane, Ang Xingzhong, the executive director of Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council, told the news agency.