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Helicopter crash kills Taiwan’s top military officer

Taipei: Taiwan’s top military official has been killed in an air force helicopter crash that also killed seven other people, the Defence Ministry said.

Five people survived the crash in mountains outside the capital.

As chief of the general staff, General Shen Yi-ming was responsible for overseeing the island’s defence against China, which threatens to use military force to annex what it considers it own territory.

The helicopter was flying from Taipei to the north-eastern city of Ilan for a new year’s activity when it crashed.

Taiwan's top military official Shen Yi-ming, pictured in March last year.

Taiwan’s top military official Shen Yi-ming, pictured in March last year.Credit:AP

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