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Second fatal TransAsia ATR crash

(Please note, this matter is not currently being litigated in Australia)

More than 30 people have been confirmed dead after a Transasia flight operated on an ATR 72-600 carrying 58 people clipped a bridge and crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei yesterday.

Conflicting reports as to the number of passengers are emerging with some sources reporting 53 passengers on board. 

Local TV news reported 53 passengers and five crew were believed to be on board the ATR 72-600 turboprop plane, which was on a domestic flight between Taipei to Kinmen.

This accident follows the 23 July 2014 crash of another Transasia ATR turboprop aircraft which killed 48 people near Magong Airport. We reported on the fate of that flight (flight GE222) here. The crash follows a series of others where this variety of regional turboprop has been implicated, including the tragic Lao Airlines crash in the Mekong River on 16 October 2014 which killed all 49 passengers and crew on board. We discussed that incident here.

We express our condolences to all of those affected in this tragedy and will monitor developments and theories as to the causes.

Written by Shine Lawyers. Last modified: February 4, 2015.

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