More Snow Coming, Dramatic Taiwan Plane Crash, Pro Golfer Charles Sifford Dies

More Snow Coming, Dramatic Taiwan Plane Crash, Pro Golfer Charles Sifford Dies


snowy start, cloudy day, back to

-2-4” High: 32


Wind Chill--subzero and a little more snow. About an 1” .  LOW: 6


Brrrrrr…..super cold again but sunshine late in the day!. High: 14

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) - Taiwanese rescuers used a crane to hoist a wrecked TransAsia Airways plane from a shallow river in Taipei late Wednesday as they searched into the night for 20 people missing in a crash that killed at least 23 others.

Flight GE235 with 58 people aboard - most of them travelers from China - banked sharply on its side shortly after takeoff from the Taiwanese capital, clipped a highway bridge and then careened into the Keelung River.

Rescuers in rubber rafts pulled 15 people from the wreckage during daylight. After dark, they brought in the crane, and the death toll was expected to rise once crews were able search through previously submerged portions of the fuselage, which came to rest a few dozen meters (yards) from the shore.

clips apparently taken from cars were posted online and aired by broadcasters, showing the ATR 72 propjet as it pivoted onto its side while zooming toward a traffic bridge over the river. In one of them, the plane rapidly fills the frame as its now-vertical wing scrapes over the road, hitting a vehicle before heading into the river.

Speculation cited in local media said the pilot may have turned sharply to follow the line of the river to avoid crashing into a high-rise residential area nearby, but Taiwan's aviation authority said it had no evidence of that.

Pro golf legend

has died.

Sifford broke racial barriers by playing a role in getting the Professional Golfers' Association of America to overturn its "caucasians only" clause in 1961.

After that, Sifford became the first African-American to receive a PGA Tour card.

In 2001, Sifford became the first black golfer to be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom back in November.  Only two other golfers, Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, have earned the highest civilian honor.

Sifford suffered a stroke and has been hospitalized since January 26.

Charles Sifford was 92-years-old.

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