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TAIPEI, TAIWAN — A two-year-old boy is among 15 people who miraculously survived when a plane clipped a bridge and plunged into a river in Taiwan Wednesday.
Dash cam captured the final, frightening seconds of the TransAsia Airways flight. More than 30 people died in the crash, with the toll rising as crews search for missing passengers. The plane had 58 souls on board when it took off at 11:30 am local time Wednesday.
Investigators have the flight data and voice recorders, the so-called black boxes, that will give them a good idea of what happened during those few minutes between the time the plane took off and then crashed.
Taiwan television stations have been playing a recording of the pilot telling the control tower “May Day, May Day, May Day” just four minutes before the crash.
The dash cam video shows how the plane flew between several high-rise buildings before turning on its left side, clipping the top of a taxi. Two people in the taxi ended up in the hospital.
Forty-eight people died last July when another TransAsia flight crashed during a typhoon. Officials haven’t released a cause for that crash. A preliminary report on the cause or causes of Wednesday’s crash could come within a month.