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Taiwan TransAsia Airways plane crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei

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Flight GE235 was headed for Kinmen from Taipei with 53 passengers on board

At least 27 people died when a Taiwan TransAsia Airways plane crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei on Wednesday morning, ten minutes after takeoff.

Survivors have been taken to nearby hospitals in Taipei and New Taipei City, according to local disaster relief authorities. The plane's two black boxes have been recovered and should be deciphered Wednesday night.

Flight GE235 was headed for Kinmen from Taipei with 53 passengers on board, including 31 from the Chinese mainland, and five crew. Three of the mainland passengers are known to be children.

The plane has been in service since April 2014 and was subject to a routine safety check this month, according to Taipei authorities.

The aircraft ditched in the river at 10:55 a.m. after its wing clipped a taxi with a man and a woman inside on an elevated motorway.

The mainland passengers were on trips organized by two travel agencies from Xiamen City in the southeast mainland province of Fujian, the Taiwan tourism authority confirmed.