Published on : Thursday, February 5, 2015
The TransAsia ATR-72 plane crash has taken lives of thirty one people and rescue operators are still hunting for the 12 people who remain unaccounted for as the plane crashed into the Keelun River.
Among the fifteen survivors who were pulled from the wreckage was a two year old boy.
After the crash there is special vigilance by the Taiwan aviation regulators who have ordered all operators of the ATR to conduct “special checks”.
Since many of the passengers were Chinese, China will actively participate in the probe.
Death toll is said to rise as the rescue team finds the rest of the bodies. 60 divers have been sent underwater in search for the missing bodies.
In addition there are 20 boats from the national fire agency scouring the river and leading the rescue operations.
Among those dead are the pilot and the co-pilot.
The pilot apparently lost control of the plane as dramatic video footage show the plane clipping a bridge and came down shortly in the river after that.
The final communication made by the pilots to the air traffic control was “Mayday, mayday, engine flame out”, as the local media played the recorded track but the aviation office has not verified the recording.
The aircraft was mostly submerged in water and an overnight crane hauled the fuselage from the river.
There is very little hope that the 12 missing passengers will be found alive after the rescue operations are over.