Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Bell 206B JetRanger III, B-31118, Emerald Pacific Airlines: Fatal accident occurred June 10, 2017 in Fengbin, Taiwan

NTSB Identification: ANC17WA029
Accident occurred Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Fengbin, Taiwan
Aircraft: BELL 206, registration:
Injuries: 3 Fatal.

The foreign authority was the source of this information.

On June 10, 2017, about 1255 Taipei local time (0455 UTC), a Taiwanese registered Bell 206B3 helicopter, B-31118, operated by Emerald Pacific Airlines, impacted remote mountainous terrain about 8 miles south of Fengbin, Hualien County, under unknown circumstances. The purpose of the flight was to conduct aerial photography operations. The helicopter was destroyed and the pilot and two passengers received fatal injuries.

The investigation is under the jurisdiction of the Government of Taiwan. This report is for information purposes only and contains only information released by or obtained by the Government of Taiwan. Further information pertaining to this accident may be obtained from:

Taiwan Aviation Safety Council 
11th Floor, 200, Section 3, Beixin Road, Xindian District, 
New Taipei City 231, Taiwan (Republic of China)

Emerald Pacific Airlines B-31118, Bell-206B Helicopter Occurrence Initial Report

On June 10, 2017, the Emerald Pacific Airlines, a Bell-206B helicopter, national registration B-31118, took off at 1046 from Taidong for an aerial photography mission at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. At around 1220, the helicopter was loss of contact and crashed at Fengbin Township, Hualien County. One pilot and two aerial photographers aboard were killed.

According to the Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act, the Aviation Safety Council assigned an Investigator-in-Charge and investigation team to proceed with the occurrence investigation. The team was dispatched to the scene for related factual data collection.

The factual data related to the occurrence will be released after the factual report is completed.


President Tsai Ing-wen paid tribute to the award-winning Director Chi Po-lin on Facebook following the helicopter crash in Hualien County.

“Learning that Director Chi Po-lin, his assistant Chen Kuan-chi, and Pilot Chang Chih-kuang were killed in the helicopter crash, the whole nation and I were in shock and dismay,” she said.

“The work of Chi has reminded us of the beauty of Taiwan and encouraged more people to join the work of land conservation. His death is a great loss to Taiwan. I express my condolences to the family of the dead. May they rest in peace,” she added.

The helicopter owned by Emerald Pacific Airlines crashed in the mountains near Fengbin, a coastal town in Hualien County while Chi and his assistant were taking footage for the sequel to “Beyond Beauty—Taiwan from Above”, which won the Best Documentary at the 2013 Golden Horse Awards.


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