Final Photos Taken Just Moments Before Tragedy Struck

A Horrifying Crash

This haunting still shot from a dashcam video captures the moment that TransAsia Airways Flight 235 crashed into Taipei’s Keelung River on February 4, 2015. Two minutes after taking off from the Taipei airport the pilots reported an engine flameout.  In a panic, the pilots mistakenly – and fatally – shut off the lone working engine. The airplane then banked sharply left clipping a taxi traveling over the Huandong Viaduct before hitting the viaduct itself with its left wing.

 Of the 53 passengers and 5 crew members onboard, 43 perished in the crash. Several cars traveling over the busy viaduct captured the crash mid-air via dashcams.