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TransAsia Airways Disaster / Nick Ehrhardt

TransAsia Airways Disaster

By now many of us have seen the terrifying footage of TransAsia Airways Flight GE235 striking a highway and a taxi with its wingtip before crashing into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan. Fifty-eight people were aboard the aircraft; 31 are confirmed dead; and 12 were missing Wednesday, but 15 somehow survived. The two people in the taxi were injured, but both survived as well.

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported that one of the survivors rode a bicycle to find his wife and 1-year-old baby. Soon after, he learned they were being treated at separate hospitals. Neither had suffered life-threatening injuries and his own were very minor.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. Although we mourn for those who lost their lives, there is some measure of relief that such a dramatic crash was not more deadly; the plane managed to avoid hitting any of the surrounding high-rise buildings. First-response teams also can be credited for working quickly to help free survivors trapped inside the partially submerged fuselage.

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