On January 2, a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter of Taiwan Army crashed in the mountainous area at the junction of Xinbei and Yilan. Eight Sergeant officers, including Shen Yiming, chief of staff, were killed and five others were injured.
Taiwans Central News Agency reported on January 3 that the search and rescue mission lagged behind. On January 3, Taiwans military sent personnel to the scene of the accident to search for flight recorders, hoping to learn more about the cause of the accident.
According to the report, more than 20 officers and soldiers of Taiwans special operations forces, under the command of Huang Guoming, chief inspector of the Defense Department, entered the mountain from the cherry blossom cemetery of Yilan Jiaoxi at about 7 a.m. on the 3rd and walked to the site of the Black Hawk helicopter crash. Taiwans military said the main task of the 3rd is to find a flight recorder commonly known as the black box to facilitate the follow-up investigation of the cause of the accident, and then deal with the residual.