Taiwan pilot hailed a hero for pulling plane clear of buildings

February 5, 2015 11:55 PM

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Taiwan pilot hailed a hero for pulling plane clear of buildings

TAIPEI: Taipei’s mayor hailed the pilot of a crashed TransAsia Airways plane a hero on Thursday for narrowly avoiding buildings and ditching the stalled aircraft in a river, likely averting a worse disaster.

At least 31 people were killed when Flight GE235 lurched between buildings, clipped a taxi and an overpass with one of its wings and crashed upside down into shallow water shortly after take-off from a downtown Taipei airport on Wednesday. There were 15 known survivors and 12 more unaccounted for.

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