Control Yuan orders corrective measures over Black Hawk crash

Focus Taiwan
Date: 07/28/2020
By: Ku Chuan and Joseph Yeh

CNA file photo

Taipei, July 28 (CNA) The Control Yuan on Tuesday made public its demands that the Ministry of National Defense (MND) and Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) under the transportation ministry take steps to correct major errors that contributed to a helicopter crash in January in which eight military officers were killed.

The government watchdog agency said it passed a motion on July 23 demanding the two government agencies take corrective measures to prevent the re-occurrence of mistakes that ultimately led to the fatal UH-60M helicopter Black Hawk crash that killed the nation's top military commander, Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), among other military officials.

According to the Control Yuan, the MND needs to improve its training of Black Hawk helicopter pilots as lack of training was one of the main reasons for the deadly incident on the morning of Jan. 2.

The chopper, part of the Air Force Rescue Group, carrying 13 military personnel to a base in Dong'ao, Yilan County for a pre-Lunar New Year inspection, went down in the mountains of New Taipei's Wulai District.    [FULL  STORY]

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