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At least 12 people have died after a TransAsia Airways plane clipped a bridge and crashed into a river near the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

Fifty-eight people were onboard the domestic flight, and a number of people were reportedly injured.

Taiwan's Central News Agency (CNA) broadcast footage of the plane almost submerged in the Keelung river.

Rescue teams are alongside the plane trying to rescue several people still trapped inside.

Cindy Sui reports: ''Many of the people on board are still inside the aircraft''

The ATR-72 turbo-prop plane had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was heading to the outlying Kinmen islands, just off the coast of the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen, CNA said.

Flight controllers lost contact with the plane at 10:55 local time (02:55 GMT).

Footage of the plane apparently filmed from inside passing cars showed it banking sharply, hitting a taxi and clipping the bridge before crashing into the river.

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thats ridiculous thousands of planes fly everyday in south east asia i took i took 9 seperate flights in sea when i was there for 6 months two yrs ago its fine. vancouver to taipei. taiwan to bangkok, bangkok to sarawak borneo, borneo to kl, kl to koha baru, kota baru to kl, kl to hanoi, saigon to bangkok, bangkok to taipei, taipei to van

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I wonder if this has anything to do with the thinner air that is causing planes to have a much harder time taking off


thinner air means less dense air, meaning less power avaliable for the engine, meaning more runway needed for take-off, meaning that the take-off speed will be higher and the minimum flight speed (STALL Speed) will also be higher...

this means the initial cimb segment will be longer, less agressive turns after take-off and the entire performance of the airplane (any airplane) will be diferent...

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