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Shock Dash-Cam Footage Captures Moment TransAsia Airways Plane Clips Bridge, Crashes Into River

Shock dash-cam footage appeared to capture the moment a TransAsia Airways plane crashed after takeoff in the capital of Taiwan.

The aircraft, carrying 53 passengers, clipped a bridge before hurtling into Taipei's Keelung River Wednesday morning local time. At least 15 people were killed, according to state media reports.

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Images also appeared to capture the crash and were widely shared on social media.

The death toll in the TransAsia Airways flight was expected to rise as rescue crews cleared the mostly sunken fuselage in the Keelung River a couple dozen meters (yards) from the shore. Teams of rescuers in rubber rafts clustered around the wreckage.

Civil aviation officials said the flight took off at 10:53 a.m. and lost contact with controllers two minutes later. Thirty-one passengers were from China, Taiwan's tourism bureau said. Kinmen's airport is a common link between Taipei and China's Fujian province.

The plane was identified as a French-made twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 with a two-pilot air crew.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. Last update at 4:43 a.m. ET

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