Radio Taiwan International
Two C-130 air force planes transported the remains of beloved Taiwanese director Chi Po-lin back to
Taipei on Monday. The 52-year-old director and two others – assistant Chen Kuan-chi and pilot Chang Chi-kuang – perished in a helicopter accident on Saturday in Hualien, eastern Taiwan.
Some 50 members of the air force’s ceremonial guard and others were on hand to greet the planes when they landed at Taipei’s Songshan Airport at just before 9am on Monday. They formed to lines, saluting to the coffins as they were rolled off the plane and onto hearses.
The Air Force Command Headquarters said that it wanted to honor Chi for his long-term support for the air force and for helping boost morale. By helping transport Chi and his team back to Taipei, the air force said they were in effect giving them one last look at Taiwan from above.
Chi is best known for his 2013 documentary “Beyond Beauty: Taiwan from Above”, which featured stunning aerial cinematography showing not only the beauty of Taiwan, but the looming environmental concerns. The surprise box office hit is lauded with sparking a renewed interest in environmental issues in Taiwan. [FULL STORY]