TAPEI: Air Force General Shen Yi-ming, who was Taiwan’s chief of general staff, was killed after a helicopter carrying 13 people crash-landed into a mountain on Thursday, according to the defence ministry.
Taiwan’s official Central News Agency also confirmed General Shen’s death.
“Eight of our colleagues were killed,” a military spokesman told a news conference.
The helicopter made an emergency landing in the mountains near Taipei after taking off on a routine mission to visit soldiers in the northeast Yilan country ahead of the lunar new year.
The incident comes a week before Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on January 11.
President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election, cancelled all campaign activities until Saturday, promising a swift rescue operation.