TAIPEI: Thick fog and human factors were to blame for a military helicopter crash in January that killed Taiwan's chief of general staff and seven senior officers, according to investigators who ruled out mechanical failure.

"Weather, terrain and human factors were behind the crash," Air Force Major General Huang Chih-wei told reporters at a press conference on Saturday (Feb 15).

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"The pilot had only six or seven seconds to pull up after thick fog rapidly descended," Huang added.

In the preliminary investigation report, the co-pilot had warned about the helicopter's altitude twice before it crashed onto a mountain slope.

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The 62-year-old military chief General Shen Yi-Ming and his entourage were on a routine mission to visit soldiers in northeast Yilan county for the upcoming Lunar New Year when the incident happened.

The UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter was carrying 13 people in total, with five surviving the crash. It disappeared from radar less than 15 minutes after taking off, and did notRead More – Source

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