Helicopter was not equipped with black box flight recorders
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – As darkness fell Saturday, the Aviation Safety Council (ASC,
飛安會) decided to postpone until Sunday a visit to the site in Hualien County where award-winning filmmaker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林) and two others died in a helicopter crash.
The death of the 52-year-old director, who had just begun to work on a sequel to his massive hit documentary “Beyond Beauty – Taiwan from Above” (看見台灣), shocked many in Taiwan Saturday, eliciting condolences from President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) and from many cultural icons.
The Bell 206 helicopter run by Emerald Pacific Airlines (凌天航空) had taken off from Chishang in Taitung County around 10 a.m. Saturday, and crashed in the mountains near Fengbin in Hualien County about two hours later. [FULL STORY]