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Rescue teams in Taiwan are continuing to search for the 12 people who remain unaccounted for after a plane crashed in a river.
Thirty-one people are now known to have died when the TransAsia plane came down in Taipei's Keelung River on Wednesday morning.
Fifteen survivors were pulled from the wreckage.
Overnight, a crane hauled the half-submerged fuselage from the river.
The death toll was expected to rise as rescue teams searched the river for the missing passengers.
Aviation authorities in Taiwan said the pilot and co-pilot were among the dead. Thirty-one of those on board were tourists from mainland China.
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The moment a toddler was rescued from the wreckage of the jet
The ATR-72 turbo-prop plane had just taken off from Taipei Songshan Airport and was heading to the Kinmen islands, just off the coast of the south-eastern Chinese city of Xiamen.
Dramatic video footage emerged showing the plane clipping a bridge as it came down shortly after take-off.
The aircraft ended up mostly underwater in the river, broken into several pieces. Rescue teams in dinghies ferried survivors to safety, but many of those on board were trapped inside the sunken wreckage.
TransAsia is a Taiwan-based carrier that operates domestically and on some international routes from Taiwan. Its director, Peter Chen, said the cause of the accident was unknown.
"Actually this aircraft in the accident was the newest model. It hadn't been used for even a year,'' he said.
The final communication from the pilots to air traffic control was "Mayday, mayday, engine flame out", according to a recording played on local media. The recording was not immediately verified by aviation officials.
Image of plane crashing over bridge in Taiwan (4 Jan 2015 - image by @Missxoxo168)
Dramatic images show the TransAsia passenger plane clipping a bridge as it plunges toward the river
A military police officer inspects passengers' luggage recovered from the wreckage of the TransAsia Airways plane early on 5 February 2015
Overnight luggage and personal effects were removed from the plane
Rescue personnel search for passengers from the wreckage of a TransAsia plane that crash-landed in the Keelung river in Taipei on 4 February 2015
Rescue teams were on site rapidly after the plane came down on Wednesday morning
The plane's flight data recorders, also known as black boxes, have been recovered.
ATR is a French-Italian manufacturer. Two French aviation investigators and four from ATR are being sent to help Taiwanese authorities with their probe, reports say.
Last year, a TransAsia plane crashed in Penghu in bad weather, killing 48 people. The carrier was also involved in deadly incidents in 1995 and 2002.
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