Black Boxes Recovered From Taiwan Plane Crash

Investigators look into what caused the nearly new passenger plane to crash two minutes after takeoff.
2:27 | 02/04/15

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Now, to the other deadly crash, caught on tape. The passenger jet, just missing a highway and the drivers below. The plane then crashing into the water, tonight, investigators have now recovered the black boxes, and the images out of Taiwan are stunning. You can hear the people in the car, witnessing it all, screaming. Look at this. Crashing into a river, just beside the highway. Later, rescuers surrounding the wreckage, searching for survivors. Incredibly, many people were actually able to make it out of the plane. Picking a toddler to safety later, flight in that raft. Tonight, the pie lot yelling "May day" in the air, less than four minutes, and here's ABC's David Kerley. Reporter: The screams of drivers as this plane goes down. Three different dash cams capture the remarkable and horrific scene. The final seconds of the trans Asia turbo prop's flight. Look. The plane appears to be level. Suddenly, its left wing dips. It's out of control. Violently impacting with the bridge before crashing into the river in Taiwan's capital. Crews working in the shallow water are able to rescue 15 people. Among them, four children, including a 2-year-old. Rescuers cradle a child, gently making the move onto a boat and safety away from the wreckage. But the other 43 on board are dead or missing. The fuselage possibly holding victims, pulled from the river in darkness. This nearly new european-built atr-72 had just taken off when the pilot radioed mayday and engine trouble. Mayday. Mayday. Engine flame out. Reporter: In the air for less than four minutes. The dramatic pictures frame by frame provide plenty of clues. The right engine appears to still be spinning but the left appears to be feathered and the engine probably is not spinning on the left-hand side. Reporter: Our aviation consultant Steve ganyard is a former crash investigator. But at this point, they're looking to try to clear the obstacles, not run into these apartment buildings and just a moment's inattention at that slow air speed with an engine out leads to disaster. Reporter: This is the second deadly crash for trans air in less than a year. In this case, the pilot apparently had little time or distance to save his plane and all of his passengers. It was fortunate in that if -- if they had to crash some place, the river was probably the safest in the middle of a very populous city. Reporter: The airline says it will check the engines of all of its similar aircraft. The black boxes have been recovered. It should give us a good idea why this plane went down so dramatically.

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