Wednesday, February 4, 2015

UPDATED: TransAsia ATR72, Flight GE235 Crashes Shortly After Take Off

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A TransAsia ATR crashes – Photo: @Missxoxo168

UPDATE 2/4/15 7:00AM PST: The Associated Press is reporting that the death toll from the accident has risen to 25, with 18 people still unaccounted for.  Per civil aviation authorities in Taiwan, the pilot had logged nearly 5,000 flight hours.  The cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder (“Black Boxes”) have been recovered, which should assist authorities in determining the cause(s) of the crash.

ORIGINAL STORY: 

TransAsia Flight 235 (GE235), an ATR72-600, has crashed during takeoff while en route from Taipei Sung Shan (TSA) to Kinmen Shang-Yi Airport (KNH), in the Fujian Province. The aircraft, reg# B-22816, was only 10 months old at the time of the crash.

Rescuers and passengers can be seen on the bank with the TransAsia ATR72 in the background - Photo: Yung Jen

Rescuers and passengers can be seen on the bank with the TransAsia ATR72 in the background – Photo: Yung Jen

Video and photos show the aircraft at a steep angle flying over an overpass and then into the Keelung River. At the time of this update, there have been three reported passenger deaths with another few injured.

The flight path of GE25 shown - Image: FlightRadar24

The flight path of GE225 shown – Image: FlightRadar24

FlightRadar24.com is showing that the aircraft was only airborne for about three minutes before trying to turn back and crashing. ATC recordings state that the flight called a mayday, reporting  an engine flame out (23:25 – in Mandarin).

The taxi cab hit by the ATR-72 seen after being moved - Photo: Eddie Yu

The taxi cab hit by the ATR-72 seen after being moved – Photo: Eddie Yu

Here is a video that shows the ATR crashing over the roadway:

This is not the first time that TransAsia Airways has had aircraft troubles. In 2002, an ATR 72-200 from Taipei to Macau, flight GE791, crashed due to ice conditions. It was a cargo flight and neither pilot survived. Just six months ago, another TransAsia ATR-72, flight 222, crashed with 47 of the 58 people on board lost.
Rescuers are on top of the crashed ATR-72 - Photo: Eddie Yu

Rescuers are on top of the crashed ATR-72 – Photo: Eddie Yu

Another look at those who are trying to find the cause of #GE235's crash - Photo: Rescuers are on top of the crashed ATR-72 - Photo: Eddie Yu

Another look at those who are trying to find the cause of #GE235’s crash – Photo: Rescuers are on top of the crashed ATR-72 – Photo: Eddie Yu

Here is the aircraft in question, B-22816, before it crashed - Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDLPhotogray

Here is the aircraft in question, B-22816, taken December 14th – Photo: Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren | JDL Multimedia

This is a developing story and will be updated as we receive new information. 

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