Nurse aboard a S-70A helicopter which crashed during an EMS mission in February 2018
By: George Liao, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In response to public anger arising from media reports that the government has refused to make pecuniary compensation to the family of a public health nurse who died in a helicopter crash while on duty in February 2018, Taiwan’s Ministry of Civil Service (MCS) said in a news release on Monday that it is still in the process of determining the degree of duty performance surrounding the fatal helicopter EMS mission.
Media reports indicated that the MCS had used the pretext of the case lacking complete evidence to deny the compensation that should be made to the family of Tsai Yi-min (蔡邑敏), the nurse who was aboard the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter which crashed during the EMS mission.
The ministry said that there are six degrees surrounding compensation in case of the death of a civil servant during duty performance, and amount of compensation for each degree varies. The ministry added that it is still in the process of determining to which degree the helicopter EMS mission belongs to based on all the documents the ministry had received.
On Feb. 5, 2018, the S-70A helicopter left Taitung City for Orchid Island in order to provide local residents with medical aid and evacuate those in need of assistance, and communications with the helicopter were lost while the aircraft was returning to Taiwan.