Sunrise Airlines Helicopters Crashes in Taiwan

Thursday, October 17, 2013
By George Hatcher


On Oct 16, 2013, a Sunrise Airlines Kawasaki BK helicopter with 3 aboard crashed on Jade Mountain, Taiwan.

Two pilots and a passenger were aboard at the time of the crash. THe helicopter was porting supplies to the Central Weather Bureau’s observation station on Yushan.

The crash victims were named: pilot Chang Kuo-kang, co-pilot Lin Yi-chi and bureau worker Chen Wen-chung. Chang had 3,181 hours of flying and Lin had 2,832 hours.

The helicopter was planning on making 3 runs, delivering one person at a time to the weather station, but crashed on the second run at 8:05 a.m. Within an hour of missing the 2nd arrival, the wreckage had been located.

The twenty-three year old Kawasaki BK helicopter had been checked thirteen days before the mission, and had passed its check.

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