TransAsia crash: Plane tilts sideways over highway and hits taxi before landing in river.

At Least 23 Killed After TransAsia Plane Hits Highway, Crashes in River

At Least 23 Killed After TransAsia Plane Hits Highway, Crashes in River

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Feb. 4 2015 9:57 AM

At Least 23 Killed After TransAsia Plane Hits Highway, Crashes in River

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From a dashboard camera.

Screen shot/Reuters

At least 23 people have died after a TransAsia plane crashed into a river shortly after takeoff in Taipei, its wing hitting a taxi on a highway overpass as it fell. Dashboard camera footage uploaded to YouTube captures the frightening scene (the driver of the taxi was injured by the impact):

The taxi shortly afterward:

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Reports say 53 passengers and five crew members were aboard the plane; voice and data recorders have been recovered. From Reuters:

The last communication from one of the aircraft's pilots was "Mayday Mayday engine flameout," according to an air traffic control recording on liveatc.net.
A flameout occurs when the fuel supply to the engine is interrupted or when there is faulty combustion, resulting in an engine failure. Twin-engined aircraft, however, are usually able to keep flying even when one engine has failed.

A July 2014 TransAsia crash in Taiwan killed 48.