At least 10 passengers confirmed dead after Songshan-Kinmen flight plunges into Taipei river

By Ryan Kilpatrick, February 4, 2015

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Ten passengers have been confirmed dead so far on the TransAsia flight from Songshan Airport to Kinmen that crashed into Taipei's Keelung River this morning.

Of the two toddlers on board, one, a three-year-old boy, has been rescued while rescuers are still searching for the other.

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Engine failure is currently suspected to be responsible for the accident, which saw the aircraft lose altitude soon after takeoff and crash into a nearby flyover before hitting the river. 

31 mainland Chinese were amongst the 53 passengers on board flight GE-235, including two tour groups of 16 and 11 people respectively. The Chinese tourists planned on returning to Xiamen via ferry from Taiwan's Kinmen island. 

The driver and passengers in the taxi that the aircraft clipped with a wingitp as it crashed down have also been sent to hospital, but sustained no major injuries. 

[Image via Oriental Daily]

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