TransAsia Airways: Dramatic Video Shows Plane Moments Before Deadly Crash

The plane careened into a shallow river, killing dozens of people.

— -- Dramatic dashcam footage in Taiwan shows a TransAsia Airways plane scraping past a major highway moments before it careened into a shallow river, killing at least 31 people.

The plane, which was carrying 58 people, clipped a bridge shortly after Wednesday’s takeoff from Taipei's downtown Sungshan Airport, state media said. A search is ongoing for 12 of the passengers.

The plane was visible from Taiwan’s busy National Freeway No. 1 just seconds before the crash.

The plane could be seen veering sharply, with the wing striking a vehicle and barrier on the plane's descent.

Parts of the wrecked fuselage of the turboprop ATR 72 jutted out of the Keelung River just a couple dozen yards from the shore. The main section of fuselage was on its side, missing a wing.

Rescuers clustered around the plane in rubber boats more than two hours after the crash, and could be seen pulling carry-on luggage from an open plane door.

The rescue efforts were ongoing.

Four children were among the passengers, authorities said at a news conference. All passengers were Chinese or Taiwanese.

Officials said the plane joined the airline's fleet in September and had completed a safety check on Jan. 26. Authorities also said that the pilot had more than 4,400 hours of flying experience, while the co-pilot had more than 6,000 hours.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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