ASC begins probe of Chi chopper crash

101 TRIBUTE:To honor filmmaker Chi Po-lin, Taipei 101 yesterday lit the top of the building with the Chinese characters for the title of his award-winning documentary

Taipei Times
Date: Jun 12, 2017
By: Yang Yuan-ting / Staff reporter, with CNA

Preliminary findings of an investigation into the helicopter crash that claimed the

Family members and friends yesterday attend a Taoist ritual at the crash site in Hualien County’s Fengbin Township where Taiwanese filmmaker Chi Po-lin, his assistant Chen Kuan-chi and helicopter pilot Chang Chi-kuang died on Saturday morning. Photo: CNA

life of award-winning filmmaker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林) and two others show the helicopter did not run into gondola cables or power lines and there was no fire before the crash, Aviation Safety Council (ASC) investigator Lee Pao-kang (李寶康) said yesterday.

Lee and other ASC investigators yesterday arrived at the site of Saturday’s crash in Hualien County’s Fengbin Township (豐濱).

Chi was using the helicopter, a Bell 206B-3 owned and operated by Emerald Pacific Airlines (凌天航空), to film footage for a sequel to his 2013 documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣) when it crashed in a mango orchard in a mountainous area of the township, killing the 52-year-old Chi, pilot Chang Chi-kuang (張志光), 53, and Chi’s assistant, Chen Kuan-chi (陳冠齊), 25.
A Fengbin resident who witnessed the crash said she heard the sound of a propeller and then saw the helicopter flying near Changhong Bridge (長虹橋), descending at 70? before crashing and belching smoke.    [FULL  STORY]

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