TAIPEI, Taiwan (CBS/AP) — Rescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taiwan's capital late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 18 people missing in a crash that killed at least 25 others.
Flight 235 with 58 people aboard — most of them travelers from China — banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from Taipei, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River.
Rescuers in rubber rafts pulled 15 people from the wreckage during daylight. After dark, they brought in the crane, and the death toll was expected to rise once crews were able to search through previously submerged portions of the fuselage, which came to rest a few dozen meters (yards) from the shore.
There is no word yet on whether any Bay Area or U.S. passengers were on the flight. California is home to 1.4 million people of Chinese descent, with the Bay Area having the greatest population in the U.S.
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