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Taiwan's military chief of staff missing after helicopter crash

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    Agence France-Presse

Taipei, Taiwan   /   Thu, January 2, 2020   /   11:11 am
Taiwan's military chief of staff missing after helicopter crash A U.S. made Cobra helicopter (UH-1H) launches hellfire missiles during military exercises in Pingtong 12 June in southern Taiwan. Taiwan is to go ahead with scheduled war games just before the Hong Kong handover, a high ranking defense officer said Thursday. (AFP/Tao-chen Yeh)

Taiwanese rescuers were searching for the chief of military staff and two others who went missing after a helicopter crashed landed in a mountain Thursday, the defence ministry said. 

The UH-60M helicopter carrying 13 people including chief of general staff for the military Shen Yi-ming made the crash landing in the mountains near Taipei for unknown reasons after taking off for a routine mission to visit soldiers in the northeast Yilan county ahead of the lunar new year, it said in a statement. 

The ministry said ten people have been located alive while rescuers were searching for Shen, 62, and two others that were still missing.