At 7:55 am on January 2, a flight No. 933 Air Force UH-60H Blackhawk helicopter took off from Taipei Songshan Airport. It is expected to go to Yilan Dongaoling Base to perform the Spring Festival consolation trip. The port disappeared at 328.7 degrees and 17 degrees, flying only 12 minutes. The pilot's last communication report before the crash reported that the visibility was 7 miles, and the cloud height was 3,000 to 5,000 feet, which met the entry criteria.
At 10:30, Chen Ying-chu, a reporter from the Army News Agency, reported on his mobile phone and was squeezed by the wreckage of the plane. At 2:01 pm, the search and rescue team reported that the accident occurred in the oven-shaped mountain in the mountainous area at the junction of Wulai and Jiaoxi. Five alive they were they Major General Liu Hsiao-tang (劉孝堂), Lieutenant General Huang Yu-min (黃佑民), Lieutenant General Tsao Chin-ping (曹進平), Lieutenant Colonel Chou Hsin-yi (周欣頤) and Military News Agency reporter Chen Ying-chu (陳映竹); but Chief of the General Staff General Shen Yi-ming (沈一鳴), Political Warfare Bureau Deputy Director Major General Yu Chin-wen (于親文), Major General Hung Hung-chun (洪鴻鈞) of the Office of the Deputy Chief of the General Staff for Intelligence, pilot Lieutenant Colonel Yeh Chien-yi (葉建儀), Major Huang Sheng-hang (黃聖航) of the Office of the Chief of the General Staff, copilot Captain Liu Chen-fu (劉鎮富), Chief Master Sergent Han Cheng-hung (韓正宏), and crew chief Master Sergeant Hsu Hung-pin (許鴻彬) eight died in the crash.
GSG Shen died
UH-60 "Black Hawk" helicopter is a medium-sized general-purpose and attack helicopter produced by Sikorsky Aircraft Company of the United States. It can perform a variety of different tasks, including: tactical personnel transportation, electronic warfare, and air rescue. Several VH-60N Black Hawks are even used as the US President's landline Marine Corps One (also known as the VH-60 White Eagle).
The Black Hawk is equipped with advanced avionics systems (such as Global Positioning System) to enhance its battlefield survivability and performance. According to the preliminary interpretation of the crashed flight data recorder FDR (black box), although 80% of the mechanical factors can be ruled out, there is still a 20% chance. From the content of the black box, there is no turbulent flow. Signs can also rule out 80% to 90% of the chance of sinking airflow. As for whether it may be caused by human factors, Yunan Association officials said that this part requires further analysis before we know whether there are human factors.
General Shen Yi-ming, the Chief of General Staff who died tragically in this crash, graduated from the ROC Air Force Academy in 1979. In the 1990s, France sold the Mirage 2000-5 jets to Taiwan, he was the first Taiwanese pilots to be trained in their operation. He graduated from the Air Command and Staff College in 1992 and from the Air War College in the US in 2002. He trained in Saudi Arabia for one year as part of the Peace Bell Program (known as Great Desert Program in Taiwan) active between 1979 and 1990. In the name of Saudi Arabia, the military assisted the North Yemen Republic without diplomatic relations with Taiwan and he was the only General in the national army had participated in the Desert Program.
Immediately after the Blackhawk crash, the two major lineups announced immediately that DPP presidential candidate Tsai Ing-wen stopped all election activities for three days and resumed campaign activities on January 5. KMT presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu also announced a two-day truce and launched a rally in Tainan on January 4. On January 5th, Han himself said angrily at the Taoyuan campaign occasion, “The history of the ROC’s army building has not happened in decades, the Supreme Chief of Staff and the Chief of the Chief Sergeant were killed in one breath. We the National Games of China are not prosperous. What the hell is going on? Who is offending Taiwan? Is Taiwan bewitched? "Han apparently smeared the wounds of the victims or wounded in the helicopter crash. On January 6, Tsai said before the departure of the five-day motorcade campaign in the run-up to Saturday’s elections that the "Bewitch" of Han’s remarks on the helicopter accident made the people very sad. At this moment, when doing such a political consumption, "it is really a disqualification. This statement is disrespectful to the dead generals, and it is also a hurt to the generals who are still recovering, and Han should apologize.
The US-Taiwan Business Council President Rupert Hammond-Chambers expressed his thoughts, saying “General Shen was a kind and intelligent person steeped in humility and highly respected within Taiwan’s military and civilian leadership. He had also built a strong professional network in the U.S., particularly during his time as Vice Minister for Policy, which strengthened his importance as an indispensable voice. He will be greatly missed. The loss of CGS Shen Yi-ming is a blow to Taiwan’s ongoing determination to combat aggressive and coercive efforts by the People’s Republic of China (PRC) to end Taiwan’s free and democratic society. USTBC, our members, and the entire U.S. defense community are saddened by this terrible tragedy. We mourn those lost, and hope for a swift recovery for the five survivors.
US flag at half-mast
The American Institute in Taiwan released a statement of condolences on the day of the incident and lowered its flag at half-mast at its new compound in Neihu on January 3; US Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Milley also extended his condolence, "On behalf of the men and women of the United States Military, I want to send our condolences to members of the Taiwan military on the tragic loss of General Shen and the seven other victims in a helicopter accident." He praised Shen Yiming, " General Shen will be remembered as an exceptional leader to his people, and a champion for Taiwan’s defense and regional security. We are grateful for the service he rendered so selflessly, and cherish our friendship and strong defense relations with Taiwan." AIT Director Brent Christensen said, AIT stands ready to assist our Taiwan counterparts in the aftermath of this tragedy.
The days when the U.S. officially fly the flag at half-staff are divided into several situations: First, in honor of soldiers and civilians who died in the war, such as Memorial Day (the last Monday in May), Patriot Day (September 11 each year), Memorial Day for Peace Officers (May 15), Pearl Harbor Day (December 7), etc. Second, commemorate high-level leaders such as the president, such as 30 days after the death of the president or former president, 10 days after the death of the vice president, current or former chief justice of the Supreme Court, and speaker of the House of Representatives, From the day of the death of the Secretary of the Military Department, the former vice president, and the administrators of a certain state and part of the United States territory to the burial, the United States will lower the flag at half. In addition, whenever the current or former official of the state government dies, the governor of that state can order the flag to be lowered to show respect and mourning. Third, the president and the governor have the right to order half the flag for someone's death and a special event. AIT lowered its flag at this time to mourn the black hawk officer. Someone's spirit of drowning and empathizing is far-reaching and warms the people of Taiwan.
US reaffirms commitment
However, James Song, presidential candidate of the People First Party challenged why the US flied the flag at half-staff that the US government rarely did it. Is there any reason? Not even the whole ROC lowered its flag at all. Only the military lowered it. Don’t you think it’s strange? He strongly questioned whether the plane was sold to us by the US side? Or are we training incorrectly? Should we all have a right to know? If the US is the commander-in-chief of the ROC, he should pay attention to the lives of the generals and the lives of the soldiers. He must also know whether this weaponry is buying or selling anything, isn’t that good, why do accidents happen repeatedly? The responsibility of being a chief commander is to know that we still have a lot of equipment to be safe? Should I ask?
In response to Song's questioning of the US's half-mast flag, we can understand that because most people do not have this honor, and General Shen is indeed the only Taiwanese general who has been recognized by the US government in recent years. AIT said the absence of these dear friends and dedicated partners will be felt for many years to come. We hope that our steadfast commitment to supporting Taiwan’s security will honor their memory. Director Brent Christensen said, “I was privileged to work closely with General Shen in our joint efforts to strengthen the U.S.-Taiwan security relationship. With his keen insight and good humor, he was a valued leader, colleague and friend. He will be sorely missed.”
Fight to death to the last soldier
Only severe trials can test one's strength of character, and see loyalty at difficult time. The Blackhawk helicopter crash is a traumatic event for the Taiwanese nation as a whole and the tragedy. However, with pain and pain, let us remember General Shen and other martyrs who are martyred. We should uphold their legacy and swear to protect Taiwan and defend our homeland. When facing China’s threat and bullying preparing to invade at any time, we must emulate General Shen’s aspirations and Taiwan will swear to fight to death to the last soldier.
However, Wu Sihuai, who also paid by Taiwanese tax payers, returned to China to listen to Xi Jinping's training and take the lead in making troubles in Taiwan's society. Chiu Yi preached that China should use military force to unify Taiwan, saying that it is better not to ask for harmony or military reunification. It is better to find a balance point between peace and force reunification, that is, to start with military, end with peace reunification, and use force first then end up with smiling happy face show. Helplessly, Wu and Chiu are nominated as legislators without division. Once they entered the legislative hall, we believe that their primary goal will be to tear up the anti-infiltration law just passed.
Five Eyes Alliance Anti-infiltration
It is said that Taiwan's criminal law already regulates internal and external crimes. Article 103:
A person who communicates and conspires with a foreign state or its agent with purpose that such state or another state start war against the Republic of China shall be punished with death or life imprisonment. An attempt to commit an offense specified in the preceding paragraph is punishable. A person who prepares or conspires to commit an offense specified in paragraph 1 shall be punished with imprisonment for not less than three years but not more than ten years. Article 104: A person who colludes with a foreign state or its agent with purpose to subject territory of the Republic of China to such state or another state shall be punished with death or life imprisonment. An attempt to commit an offense specified in the preceding paragraph is punishable. A Person who prepares or conspires to commit and offense specified in paragraph 1 shall be punished with fixed-term imprisonment for not less than three years but not more than ten years. Annette Lu even accused that under the leadership of Tsai, the DPP's totalitarianism power has clearly been restored, making people feel that the president has no responsibility, and even the legislature cannot supervise it. It depends on the president's face. At the President's order, do you still need the Legislative Yuan if you accept without any question?
Is it true, as Lu said? The formulation of the anti-infiltration act is an effective response to the national security protection system of the Five Eyes Alliance. There is only one in Taiwan, and legislation must be in place to safeguard Taiwan's sovereignty, democracy, and security. Take a look at the "Master Chain" of the online knowledge platform that originally intended to enter the Chinese mainland market. After the third reading passed the reverse osmosis law, it immediately issued a statement on the official website saying that it was extremely disappointed that the Taiwan authorities had ignored the public opinion and passed the Anti-Infiltration Act, decided to abandon the Taiwan market and end the Taiwan business. The five-star flag on Kinmen Mofan Street also disappeared overnight after the adoption of the Anti-Infiltration Act. Australian media revealed in a timely manner that Alex Tsai (蔡正元) and Sun Tianqun (孫天群) jointly planned to threaten and lure the Chinese spy Wang Liqiang (王立強). These are the immediate effects after the adoption of the AIA, and although the criminal law has existed for many years, it cannot be prevented.
Vote for Taiwan
The Anti-Infiltration Act is different from Articles 103 and 104 of the Criminal Law, and its purpose is mainly to regulate the infiltration and intervention of hostile forces abroad and Taiwan's liberal democratic constitutional order. Foreign hostile forces explicitly refer to countries that are at war with China or confronted by force (of course, the People's Republic of China), political entities or groups (meaning the Chinese Communist Party); or countries and political entities that advocate non-peaceful means to endanger Taiwan's sovereignty Or groups. "Source of infiltration" refers to an organization, institution, group or person dispatched by an overseas hostile government, political party organization, group, or the like. Conspiracy foreign countries in criminal law are clearly ambiguous under the framework of a Chinese law. How does China in the People's Republic of China differ from China in the Republic of China?
In the presidential election on January 11, Taiwan people will use votes to decide the future lifestyle of Taiwan itself and future generations. Is it to choose, have freedom of speech, freedom of thought, freedom of writing, freedom of election, or accept labor reforms like the Xinjiang concentration camps, bloody tears in Hong Kong anti-extradition protest, and no right to vote for the Chinese presidential term unlimited? The officers who died in the Blackhawk crash believe that at this moment they have turned into angels guarding Taiwan, soaring over Taiwan. Friends in Hong Kong said that Taiwan needs to work hard! Yes, we should cherish the sacred ballot in our hands to determine the future of Taiwan and our future generation. The Blackhawk evokes the soul of Taiwan, and may God bless Taiwan!