Taipei (Agencies): Taiwan's top military chief was killed in a helicopter crash on Thursday, the defence ministry said.
The chief of the general staff, Shen Yi-ming, was among eight senior officers — including three major generals — who died when their Black Hawk helicopter smashed into mountains near Taipei.
The 62-year-old general and his entourage were on a routine mission to visit soldiers in northeast Yilan county when the incident happened.
“Five have survived while the other eight of our colleagues on board were killed. We are deeply saddened [...] and give our condolences to their families,” Air Force Commander Hsiung Hou-chi told reporters.