The TransAsia crash and the rise of dashcam journalism


The dramatic footage of the TransAsia plane that crashed into a river in Taiwan on Wednesday comes to us via a device aimed to protect the rights of drivers: a dashboard video camera.

The video begins with the plane flying, much too low, over a city, suddenly rolling to the left and plummeting to the ground. Its left wing smashes into the highway barrier and the fuselage plunges into a river, sending debris everywhere, all to the shock and horror of the driver and passenger in the car. Investigators later determined that the crash killed 23 people.

This is not the first time that the growing fleet of dashcam-equipped cars have captured the news. READ MORE.