Black Hawk makes safe emergency landing in Kaohsiung

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Black Hawk makes safe emergency landing in Kaohsiung

Taipei, March 13 (CNA) A Black Hawk helicopter from Taiwan's Army made an emergency landing in Kaohsiung on Tuesday after a warning light began to flash on its flight deck shortly after takeoff.

The UH-60M helicopter, from the fleet of the 602 Air Cavalry Brigade in central Taiwan, took off from Hsinshe Army Air Base in Taichung at 7:51 a.m. on a training mission, heading for an air base in Pingtung County, according to the ROC Army Aviation and Special Forces Command.

At 8:57 a.m., however, a warning light began to flash on the cockpit display, which prompted the pilot to request an emergency landing on a military shooting range in Kaohsiung, an officer said.

After receiving permission from the 99 Marine Brigade of the ROC Marine's Corps in Kaohsiung, the helicopter landed safely at 9:14 a.m. on the brigade's Linyuan shooting range and there were no injuries, the unit's director Wu Tsai-jung (吳財榮) said.

At 11:50 a.m., the Black Hawk cleared all checks and resumed its flight to Pingtung, according to Major General Wu Li-wen (武立文).

On Feb. 5, a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter from the National Airborne Service Corps crashed near the outlying island of Lanyu off eastern Taiwan with six people on board.

Rescuers have not been able to recover the chopper to date, which is likely 800-1,000 meters underwater, based on the transponder signal, the Aviation Safety Council said.

(By Kuan-lin Liu, Matt Yu and Chen Chi-feng)

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