Yushan chopper crash kills 3
By Joy Lee ,The China PostTAIPEI, Taiwan -- A helicopter that was scheduled to ship supplies to Yushan Weather Station yesterday crashed near its destination, killing all three people aboard, according to the Yushan National Park Administrative Office.
October 17, 2013, 12:03 am TWN
The Nantou County Fire Department said that the bodies of the three victims have been recovered and will be transported to Nantou.
According to the national park office, people working in the weather station on the north side of the national park reported that the helicopter that carried two pilots and a worker of the weather station crashed into a valley near the helicopter pad yesterday morning.
The office immediately requested that the Nantou County Fire Department search for any survivors, but the rescue team called off the search soon after, informing emergency workers that all three people aboard were killed in the crash.
Lieutenant Lin Yi-hsing of the Air Rescue team said that the team spotted the wreckage of the helicopter on the second trip and the wreckage remained intact without any burning signs around the crash scene.
According to the Yushan Weather Station, the helicopter was on its second trip to transport supplies when the accident took place.
The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA, 民航局) said that the helicopter involved in the crash had been in service for 23 years andhad undergone scheduled inspections on Oct. 3.
The CAA said that the Aviation Safety Council will investigate the accident in order to discover the cause of the crash and the administration will assign inspectors to help with the investigation.
According to Sunrise Airlines, the company that owns the helicopter, the maintenance of the helicopter met CAA requirements.
Based on the CAA's records, the last major aviation accident involving Sunrise Airlines took place in 2009 when a helicopter crashed into the sea near Kinmen Airport and killed two out of the three people aboard.
Family and Friends Mourn the Lost
The Central Weather Bureau (CWB) yesterday said that Yushan Weather Station worker Chen Wen-chung, who was killed in the helicopter crash, was a vital employee at the station.
CWB Deputy Director Yeh Tien-chiang said that Chen had been working for the bureau for over 10 years and that he was a responsible and dedicated worker.
Yeh said that Chen's family will receive compensation since Chen was on his way to work.
The sister of Lin Yi-chi, the co-pilot that died in the crash, said that Lin had just celebrated his birthday the day before the accident. Sunrise Airlines employees also said that Lin was an outstanding aviator and he was scheduled to be promoted to a pilot.
Sunrise Airlines employees said that Chang Kuo-kang, the pilot, was experienced, honest and beloved by his co-workers and had been working for the company for 14 years.