Update: Black Hawk carrying top Taiwan general crash lands in mountains

Army Black Hawk helicopter carrying top Taiwan general makes forced landing in northern Taiwan

UH-60 Black Hawk.

UH-60 Black Hawk. (Wikimedia Commons photo)

Update: 01/02 3:00 p.m.

Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴) is among eight who perished in the crash, while five others aboard the chopper have reportedly survived. Two major generals and a lieutenant colonel were also among the military officers who died in the crash.

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter carrying several high-ranking military officials, including the Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), has apparently crash-landed in the mountains of northern Taiwan, and a search is underway for three missing passengers.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) confirmed today (Jan. 2) that Shen was among 13 passengers aboard the helicopter, which took off at 7:50 a.m. bound for Yilan's Dong'ao. For unknown reasons, communication with the helicopter was lost at 8 a.m. this morning, and it apparently made a forced landing in the mountains of New Taipei City's Wulai District, reported CNA.

In addition to Shen, the Black Hawk was also carrying Political Warfare Bureau Deputy Director, Major General Yu Chin-wen (于親文); New Deputy Chief of Logistics of the General Staff Headquarters, Major General Huang Yu-min (黃佑民); Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Communications-Electronics and Information, Major General Tsao Chin-ping (曹進平); Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence under the defense ministry, Major General Hung Hung-chun (洪鴻鈞); and a reporter for the Military News Agency, Chen Ying-chu (陳映竹), according to the report.

Defense Minister Yen De-fa (嚴德發) arrived at the scene of the accident at 10 a.m. this morning to oversee rescue efforts.

Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (right). (Military News Agency photo)