Four children, including a two-year-old boy, were among the 15 passengers who miraculously survived a horrific crash in Taiwan, after a plane clipped a highway overpass and crashed into a river.
The 15 survivors were pulled from the wreckage of the aircraft by the more than 1,000 rescue personnel who scrambled to try and save the passengers trapped in the plane which crashed into the Keeling River in the capital Taipei.
Footage of the ongoing rescue operation shows the two-year-old boy being carried out on the aircraft by emergency workers with barely a scratch on him. Once the boat carrying the child reaches dry land, he is rushed away to be examined by medics. (Scroll down for the video.)
1. A two-year-old boy and a Taiwanese official rush to safety once they reach dry land, after the little boy is rescued from the plane which crashed into the Keeling River in Taipai, Taiwan’s capital city.
2. Rescuers transfer an injured passenger from a crashed plane in Taipei to an ambulance vehicle.
So far, 25 people have been confirmed killed in the crash, which took place just three minutes after the plane took off from the Taipei airport.
While the survivors receive medical care and counseling after the horrifying incident, emergency crews continue to search for 18 people who are still not accounted for, as night falls.
Cranes removed part of the plane’s fuselage from the river, which was lying half submerged in the water.
3. A terrifying video shows the plane hitting a bridge before crashing into the river.
Fire department officials have confirmed that 14 of the casualties have died at the scene of the crash while the others have died as a result of their injuries before reaching a hospital, according to The Strait Times.
Rescuers believe that the other 18 passengers are still trapped inside the TransAsia Airways GE235 aircraft as the rescue operation on the Keeling River in the capital city of Taipei continues.
4. Terrifying pictures have emerged of a passenger plane with 58 people on board plunging into a river near Taiwan’s capital Taipei after clipping a bridge on the freeway.
5. Investigators are examining the plane’s black box (pictured) retrieved from the wreckage to outline the cause of the accident.
6. Investigators will be examining causes of the accident, the Aviation Safety Council spokesman Wang Hsing-chung said.
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