The self-governing island’s top military official was among eight people killed in an air force helicopter crash in mountainous terrain outside Taipei on Thursday, the Defense Ministry said. Five others survived.
As chief of the general staff, Gen. Shen Yi-ming, 63, was responsible for overseeing the island’s defense against China, which threatens to use military force if necessary to annex what it considers part of its territory.
The UH-60M Blackhawk helicopter was flying from Taipei to the nearby city of Yilan for a New Year’s event when it crashed about 10 minutes after takeoff shortly before 8 a.m. The victims included other senior military officials and the two pilots.