Taiwan's Chief of General Staff among 8 dead in Black Hawk crash

Taiwan's Chief of the General Staff among high-ranking military officers killed in Black Hawk crash

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Eight passengers aboard an Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in the mountains of northern Taiwan this morning have died, including the Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), according to the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The helicopter took off at 7:50 a.m. from Songshan Air Force Base bound for a base in Yilan's Dong'ao for an inspection. For unknown reasons, communication with the helicopter was lost at around 8 a.m. this morning, and it apparently made a forced landing in the mountains of New Taipei City's Wulai District, reported CNA.

At a press conference this morning, Air Force Commander-in-Chief Hsiung Hou-chi (熊厚基) said that the last communication with the crew took place at 8:06 a.m. and that the aircraft disappeared from radar screens at 8:07 a.m. The helicopter was last sighted on radar at 105 degrees/16 nautical miles in the mountainous Wulai area of New Taipei City.


Scene of the crash. (Taiwan National Fire Agency photo)

The MND this afternoon announced that Shen was one of eight passengers who perished aboard the chopper, many of them also high-ranking military officials. The department announced that five of the passengers are still alive and are receiving treatment.

In addition to the three crew members, nine military officers were on board, as well as a reporter from the Military News Agency. Hsiung said that four aircraft and 111 search and rescue personnel have been dispatched to the scene.


Scene of the crash. (Taiwan National Fire Agency photo)

The eight who perished in the crash include:

Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming

Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence under the defense ministry Major General Hung Hung-chun (洪鴻鈞)

Political Warfare Bureau Deputy Director, Major General Yu Chin-wen (于親文)

Lieutenant Colonel Yeh Chien-i (葉建儀)

Co-pilot Captain Liu Chen-fu (劉鎮富)

Chief Engineer Chief Petty Officer Hsu Hung-pin (許鴻彬)

Chief Inspector General Sergeant Han Cheng-hung (韓正宏)

Staff Officer Major Huang Sheng-hang (黃聖航)

The five survivors include:

New Deputy Chief of Logistics of the General Staff Headquarters, Major General Huang Yu-min (黃佑民)

Reporter for the Military News Agency, Sergeant Chen Ying-chu (陳映竹)

Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Communications-Electronics and Information, Major General Tsao Chin-ping (曹進平)

Accounting Office Director Major General Liu Hsiao-tang (劉孝堂)

Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel Chou Hsin-i (周欣頤)

A special task force will be formed to investigate the cause of the crash.


Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming. (CNA photo)