Plane hits bridge, crashes into Taipei river

Rescuers carry out a rescue operation after a TransAsia Airways plane crash landed in a river, in New Taipei City.

Rescuers carry out a rescue operation after a TransAsia Airways plane crash landed in a river, in New Taipei City.

At least eight people are dead after a TransAsia Airways plane with 58 passengers on-board has crashed into a river after hitting a bridge in Taipei City, Taiwan.

Parts of the wrecked fuselage of the turboprop ATR 72 jutted out of the Keelung River just a couple dozen metre from the shore near the city’s downtown Sungshan airport. The main section of fuselage was on its side, missing a wing.

The plane also hit a taxi as it flew into the river, the driver of which was injured, TVBS reported

A taxi was clipped by the plane as it crashed.

A taxi was clipped by the plane as it crashed.

The twin-engine propeller plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Taipei Airport, en route to Kinmen Island, with 53 passengers and five crew.

The country’s Central News Agency said eight people were killed out of 26 that had been pulled from the plane. The rescue was continuing.

A screengrab from a car’s dashboard camera was posted to Twitter purporting to show the plane’s collision with the bridge.

Thirty-one mainland Chinese tourists were among those on board, Taiwan’s tourism bureau said.

Taiwanese media posted pictures of the plane in the water about 100 metres from the shore of Keelung River.

Multiple dashcam videos of the bridge collision have also been posted to YouTube.