Two training helicopters collide in Taiwan

Two training helicopters collide in Taiwan
A TH-67 helicopter, similar to those involved in the accident

TAIPEI - No one was injured during an accident that occurred when two Army training helicopters collided during a training session at a southern Army base yesterday, the Army Aviation Special Forces Command (AASFC) said.

The incident took place at around 10 a.m. at an Army Aviation Special Forces base located in Tainan's Gueiren District during a training session, the AASFC said.

One TH-67 training helicopter was conducting hovering training and attempted to perform backwards flight when it accidentally collided with another TH-67 chopper parked in the hangar, the Army Aviation Special Forces Command said.

No one was injured during the collision, the AASFC said. However, the tail rotor and landing skid gear of the two choppers were slightly damaged during the incident, it added.

The AASFC said the pilot of the chopper in question, surnamed Huang, had only logged 20 hours of flying and is still currently undergoing training to become a qualified helicopter pilot.

The military unit promptly established an ad hoc investigative committee to probe into the incident to determine the cause, it added.

The command has decided to ground all TH-67 training helicopters pending completion of thorough safety checks.

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