Taiwan chopper crash kills 3

Taiwan chopper crash kills 3
A hiker making their way up Yushan, Taiwan’s highest mountain.

TAIPEI - 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.

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.

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