TransAsia GE235 crash: Images show taxi driver hit by aircraft walking away from vehicle

His windscreen shattered and the side of his car was crushed by the impact of the aircraft

Heather Saul
Wednesday 04 February 2015 11:32
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The driver can be seen climbing out of the vehicle here
The driver can be seen climbing out of the vehicle here

Incredible pictures have surfaced showing the moment a taxi driver whose vehicle was clipped by the TransAsia flight stumbled from his vehicle to the side of the road.

The driver has been described as “the luckiest man alive” after walking away from the incident.

Pictures show his windscreen shattered and the side of his car crushed by the impact of the aircraft.

The manager of the driver's taxi company told The Guardian he has been taken to hospital with a head injury, where he remains in a stable condition.

An astonishing video taken by a car dashcam also appears to show the driver checking the contents of his trunk after being hit. The video has not been independently verified.

Hong Kong's Apple Daily say they spoke to a doctor who treated him after he was hospitalised. "I fainted the moment it hit us," the driver from Crown Taxis reportedly said, according to the doctor.

A total of 58 people were on board the domestic flight GE235, with at least 15 people killed and dozens injured.

The moment the plane hit the taxi

Thirty one passengers were from mainland China, according to Taiwan's TVBS news broadcaster. A toddler is among the survivors.

The last communication from one of the TransAsia flight 235’s pilots was "Mayday Mayday engine flameout", according to an air traffic control recording on liveatc.net

Another car's dashcam recorded the moment the plane banked sharply and crashed into the nearby Keelung river. The astonishing footage has been broadcast on state media.

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