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Taiwan chief of staff is missing after his helicopter crashes near Taipei

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Taiwan Ministry of Defense announced that a military helicopter with its chief of staff and 12 other people crashed in a mountainous area Thursday, noting that rescue teams had found 10 survivors of the accident and continued to search for General Chen Yiming and the two others who were with him.

The ministry said in a statement that the UH-60M helicopter was carrying 13 people, including Chief of the General Staff of the Army, General Chen Yiming when it crashed for unknown reasons in a mountainous area near the capital, Taipei, after it took off on a routine mission.

The statement indicated that the general was heading to inspect the military in the northeastern province of Yilan on the occasion of the lunar New Year holiday.

He added that the rescue teams had found ten survivors of the accident and were continuing to search for Chen, 62, and the two others who were still missing with him.

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