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Taiwan’s top military official was among eight people killed when a helicopter crash-landed on Thursday in a mountainous area near the capital, Taipei, the defence ministry has said.
The chief of general staff, air force general Shen Yi-ming, died in the incident while five of the 13 people onboard survived, the military.
The defence ministry said aviation authorities lost contact with the Black Hawk helicopter at 8.22am local time a
Taiwan is due to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on 11 January.