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Confirmed: Taiwanese Top Military Official Killed in Helicopter Crash

© AP Photo / Chiang Ying-yingSoldiers from Taiwan's special forces exit from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during the annual Han Kuang exercises on the outlying Penghu Island, Taiwan, Thursday, May 25, 2017
Soldiers from Taiwan's special forces exit from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during the annual Han Kuang exercises on the outlying Penghu Island, Taiwan, Thursday, May 25, 2017 - Sputnik International
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A Blackhawk military helicopter with 13 people on board crashed on Thursday in the mountains outside the city of Taipei.

The Taiwanese Defence Ministry has confirmed the death of Air Force General Shen Yi-min - Chief of the Taiwanese General Staff. The official died when a military aircraft en route to the northeastern city of Ilan crashed in the mountains.

According to initial reports, at least 11 people survived the incident, however, China Daily stated in a conflicting report that only five people had been confirmed alive.

The Defence Ministry later announced that only 5 survivors had been found in the crash, also confirming that General Shen Yi-min had died in the accident.

​The Taiwan News reported, citing the military, that along with General Shen, the list of passengers included several top officials from the General Staff.

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