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Taiwan’s military chief was among eight people who died in helicopter crash on Thursday in northern Taiwan, the national defence ministry said.

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The 62-year-old Chief of General Staff, Shen Yi-ming, was among the high-ranking officials killed, the ministry told reporters via the social media messaging app LINE.

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The UH-60M Black Hawk military helicopter took off at 7:50 am (2350 GMT Wednesday) from Taiwan’s capital Taipei City on a routine mission to visit troops in remote areas in eastern Yilan County.

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It was forced to make an emergency landing in mountains near Taipei a little more than 30 minutes later, local media quoted the ministry as saying.

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There were 13 people on the aircraft in total. Five of them, including a military reporter, were rescued and sent to hospitals, the ministry informed journalists.

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Air force commander-in-chief, Hsiung Hou-chi told a televised news conference in Taipei that it is unclear what caused the accident, NAN reports.

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“A task force has been set up to investigate the case,” he said

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