TransAsia Airways chief executive apologises after plane crashes into Taiwan river

Search and rescue team members operate on a TransAsia Airways passenger plane that crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, on Feb 04, 2015, shortly after taking-off from the Taipei Songshan Airport for Kinmen Island. The chief executiv
Search and rescue team members operate on a TransAsia Airways passenger plane that crashed into the Keelung River in Taipei, Taiwan, on Feb 04, 2015, shortly after taking-off from the Taipei Songshan Airport for Kinmen Island. The chief executive of Taiwanese carrier TransAsia apologised on Wednesday after one of its planes crashed into a Taipei river, killing at least 12 people. -- PHOTO: EPA

TAIPEI (Reuters) - The chief executive of Taiwanese carrier TransAsia apologised on Wednesday after one of its planes crashed into a Taipei river, killing at least 12 people.

Mr Chen Xinde bowed at a news conference, carried live on Taiwan television, as he offered a "deep apology" to the passengers and crew on board.

The plane was carrying 58 people, 31 of them from mainland China.

At least 28 people were rescued after the plane crashed into a shallow river in downtown Taipei, although 19 remained unaccounted for.