Dramatic dashcam video footage captured the moment when a Taiwan TransAsia plane crashed into a bridge and cartwheeled into a river, killing 23 people on board and injuring 15. 20 passengers are reported missing.
The Taiwan TransAsia ATR72 plane crash-landed in the Taipei river on Monday, Feb. 3, just after taking off from a nearby airport. 15 passengers survived the crash. 58 passengers and crew were on board the plane.
The video was shot by a motorist who was traveling behind a yellow van that was clipped by the plane's wing. The wing also took out a section of the bridge's retaining wall before cartwheeling into the river.
Witnesses saw bodies being thrown from the plane as it landed upside down in the river.
Aviation expert David Learmount told The Guardian UK newspaper that the video footage shows the plane was “fully stalled” before it crashed. A plane stalls and goes down when there isn't enough engine speed to provide "lift" under its wings.
According to The Guardian UK, the pilot sent a mayday to report an engine flame out.
A major rescue pertain continues to recover bodies from the river. Watch the video below.
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