Taiwan’s Military Chief Of Staff And 7 Others Persons Died In Black Hawk Helicopter Crash

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Taiwan’s Military Chief Of Staff And 7 Others Persons Died In Black Hawk Helicopter Crash

Rescue teams survey the wreckage of the crashed Black Hawk helicopter. Photo: Yilan County Fire Bureau

Taiwan’s military chief of staff Shen Yi and seven others people died in a crash of Black Hawk helicopter in a mountainous region in the northern part of the island on January 2. The incident happened in New Taipei county’s Wulai mountain district.

SCMP reports (source):

Among the dead were two major generals – Political Warfare Bureau deputy director Yu Chin-wen and Hung Hung-chin, from the defence ministry’s office of the deputy chief of the general staff for intelligence. Also killed were a lieutenant colonel, a captain, a major and two senior master sergeants.

At an 11am briefing, Taiwan’s defence ministry said the location of the craft had been identified and that two Black Hawks and about 80 officers had been dispatched to the scene.

Taiwanese media later released images of the rescuers surveying the crash site.

Taiwanese media and a director from the New Taipei City’s fire department earlier said Shen had been found, and sent to hospital. The five known survivors include new deputy chief of logistics for general staff Huang Yu-min, deputy chief of general staff for communications Major General Tsao Chin-ping and Military News Agency reporter Chen Ying-ju.

The helicopter left Songshan Airport in Taipei at 7.54am on Tuesday bound for New Year inspections in Dongao in northeastern Taiwan’s Yilan county. At 8.07am the pilot issued a weather report before communication with the craft was abruptly lost.

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