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.
Several high-ranking military officers of #Taiwan have been killed in a Thurs 2 Jan UH-60M Black Hawk #helicopter crash in northern Taiwan. Among the 8 dead are Chief of the General Staff Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴) and 4 other general officers; five survived. https://t.co/L6FnhzdpIZ pic.twitter.com/CSslLgxpTG— Chris Cavas (@CavasShips) January 2, 2020
The Taiwan News reported, citing the military, that along with General Shen, the list of passengers included several top officials from the General Staff.