Minister Lee mourns victims of Black Hawk chopper crash

Along with Hakka Affairs Council (HAC) Deputy Ministers Yiong Cong-ziin (楊長鎮) and Fan Tso-ming (范佐銘) and Chief Secretary Liao Yu-pei (廖育珮), HAC Minister Lee Yung-de attended the Jan. 5 memorial service in Taipei for the fallen military officials from the Jan. 2 crash of the ROC Army’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

The helicopter carrying 13 military officials crashed in a mountainous region of Wulai District in New Taipei City. Eight passengers perished, including Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (
沈一鳴), Major General Hung Hung-chun (洪鴻鈞) of the Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence, Political Warfare Bureau Deputy Director — Major General Yu Chin-wen (于親文), chopper pilot Lieutenant Colonel Yeh Chien-yi (葉建儀), co-pilot Captain Liu Chen-fu (劉鎮富), Chief Engineer Master Sergeant Hsu Hung-pin (許鴻彬), Chief Master Sergeant Han Cheng-hung (韓正宏), and Major Huang Sheng-hang (黃聖航) of the Office of the Chief of the General Staff.

Five of the 13 passengers aboard survived in this accident, including New Deputy Chief of Logistics of the General Staff Headquarters Major General Huang Yu-min (黃佑民), Military News Agency reporter Sergeant Chen Ying-chu (陳映竹), Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Communications-Electronics and Information Major General Tsao Chin-ping (曹進平), Accounting Office Director Major General Liu Hsiao-tang (劉孝堂), and Chief of Staff Lieutenant Colonel Chou Hsin-i (周欣頤).

Leading the HAC delegation, Minister Lee paid tribute to the officers who died in the chopper tragedy and offered his condolences to the families of the victims. He further extended his sympathies to the daughter of Chief Master Sergeant Han, a Miaoli-born Hakka, who followed in her father’s footsteps by joining the army. The minister promised to provide assistance for families in need, and hoped that all the injured personnel will recover soon.