A Taiwanese Black Hawk Helicopter crashed today resulting in the deaths of 8 people including the Taiwan military Chief, Gen. Shen Yi-ming, chief of general staff, the top military official in the country.
According to reports by Lt. Gen. Hsiung Hou-chi of Taiwan’s air force, there were 13 people on board out of which five of them survived.
According to report by Chen Hao-feng to CNN , the Taiwan military chief, Gen. Shen Yi-Ming was found conscious by the New Taipei City fire department and was sent to the hospital.
The helicopter was headed to the north-east of the country of Yilan to visit soldiers. Contact with the helicopter was lost 13 minutes after they took off and as soon as contact was lost, a rescue team was dispatched.
Taiwan is set have it’s elections on January 11th and the president, Tsai Ing-wen who is running her re-election campaign cancelled all the re-election activities for three days.
President Tsai posted on Facebook where she wrote:
Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming was an outstanding, competent general, as well as a chief loved and esteemed by everyone. His departure has left us with tremendous wistfulness and sorrow,