By: Wang Shu-fen and Lilian Wu
Taipei, June 10 (CNA) A helicopter that crashed in Hualien County, killing all three on
board, including acclaimed Taiwanese documentary director Chi Po-lin (齊柏林), had been in service for more than 15 years, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA),
The helicopter, flight No. B31118, belonged to Emerald Pacific Airlines (凌天航空) and was the oldest of three Bell 206B-3 helicopters operated by the company, having rolled off the production line on Nov. 23, 2001.
Aviation authorities are investigating the cause of the accident.
Emerald Pacific Airlines, founded in 1994 and based in Taichung, is mainly contracted to clean cap and pin insulators on high-voltage transmission lines. [FULL STORY]