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UPDATE: Death Toll Rises to 25 After Plane Crash

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UPDATE - Taiwanese rescuers have used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taipei as they search into the night for 20 people missing in a crash that killed at least 25 others.

Flight GE235 with 58 people aboard - most of them travelers from China - banked sharply on its side shortly after taking off Wednesday from the Taiwanese capital, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River.

Rescuers in rubber rafts pulled 15 people alive from the wreckage during daylight. After dark, they brought in the crane, and the death toll was expected to rise once crews were able search through previously submerged portions of the fuselage, which came to rest a few dozen meters (yards) from the shore.


PREVIOUS/TAIPEI, TAIWAN - At least 12 people are dead after a Taiwanese commercial flight with 53 passengers clipped a bridge shortly after takeoff and crashed into a river in Taipei. The flight from Taipei to the outlying island of Kinmen lost contact with flight controllers at about 10:55 a.m. Wednesday and the fuselage landed in the Keelung River near the city's downtown Sungshan airport. 

The aviation authority wouldn't speculate on what might have caused the crash, but it said the plane was less than a year old and had completed a round of safety checks on January 26th. 

The plane was identified as a French-made twin-engine turboprop ATR 72 with a two-pilot air crew.