Dash cameras have been used increasingly frequently to protect drivers in traffic collisions, but in the crash of a commuter plane in Taipei overnight, dash cameras may offer investigators insight into its cause.
TransAsia GE235 had just lifted off from Songshan airport in downtown Taipei, when its crew radioed a MAYDAY call. Just four minutes after take off, the twin engined ATR 72-600 veered sharply to the left, narrowly missing buildings before clipping an elevated highway and crashing into the shallow river below.
The plane was carrying 53 passengers and 5 crew members. As one might expect, the reporting of fatalities is inconsistent. The most recent reports say that 23 have died and 20 are still missing.
A taxi on the highway was hit by the plane’s tail, causing injury to two occupants of the car.
The footage of the crash, caught on two dash cameras have already been posted to YouTube, while other images caught by motorists are appearing on other social media platforms.