February 4, 2015 -- TransAsia Airways flight GE235—a twin turboprop ATR 72-600 en route from Taipei to the island of Kinmen—crashed shortly after takeoff today, with the plane clipping an overpass before landing upside down in the Keelung River.
Dramatic video taken by motorists showed the plane narrowly missing apartment buildings before careening over the highway.
Fifty-eight passengers and crew were aboard the plane. Officials have reported that at least fifteen individuals survived the accident.
The last communication from one of the aircraft's pilots was "Mayday! Mayday! Engine flameout!" according to an air-traffic control recording on liveatc.net.
TransAsia is Taiwan's third-largest carrier. One of its ATR 72-500 planes crashed while trying to land at Penghu Island last July, killing forty-eight of the fifty-eight passengers and crew on board.
The almost brand-new plane involved in Wednesday's crash was among the first of the ATR 72-600s (the latest variant of the turboprop) that TransAsia received last year.