Taiwan’s Chief of the General Staff, Shen Yi-ming, is among eight people killed when a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter crashed into mountainous terrain near the capital, Taipei, according to reports.
The aircraft’s 13 occupants also included several other top military officials. Five passengers were reportedly rescued from the crashed helicopter.
The helicopter took off from the Songshan Air Force Base in Taipei at 7:54 a.m. local time (23:54 GMT) and was flying to a military base at Dong’ao in Yilan County in the north-east of Taiwan. The authorities lost contact with the chopper at around 8:07 a.m. before the emergency landing in New Taipei’s mountainous Wulai District.
The search and rescue efforts were complicated by the terrain. The cause of the crash is currently unknown.
According to a report by the Taiwan News:
The eight deceased were identified as:
† Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming
† Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence, Major General Hung Hung-chun
† Political Warfare Bureau Deputy Director, Major General Yu Chin-wen
† Lieutenant Colonel Yeh Chien-i
† Co-pilot Captain Liu Chen-fu
† Chief Engineer Chief Petty Officer Hsu Hung-pin
† Chief Inspector General Sergeant Han Cheng-hung
† Staff Officer Major Huang Sheng-hang
The five survivors are:
• New Deputy Chief of Logistics of the General Staff Headquarters, Major General Huang Yu-min
• Reporter for the Military News Agency, Sergeant Chen Ying-chu
• Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Communications-Electronics and Information, Major General Tsao Chin-ping
• Accounting Office Director Major General Liu Hsiao-tang
• Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel Chou Hsin-i