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Death toll in Taiwan plane crash rises to 31
Death toll in Taiwan plane crash rises to 31

An airplane carrying 58 passengers and crew members clipped a bridge and crashed into a river in Taiwan minutes after takeoff Wednesday, killing at least 31 people, officials said. Rescuers using rubber rafts worked into the night to save 15 people trapped in the mostly submerged wreckage. But by early Thursday, hope was fading for the 12 people still unaccounted for as divers explored the river bottom. The ATR-72 aircraft operated by Taipei-based TransAsia Airways took off at 10:53 a.m. and lost contact with the control tower about two minutes later, Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration said. A distress signal was issued: “May day. May day. Engine flameout.” ...