Search ongoing for missing Black Hawk helicopter

Taipei, The search for a UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter that has been missing for more than 30 hours continued Wednesday, according to the Aviation Safety Council (ASC), which has suggested expanding the search area.

The ASC convened a meeting Wednesday morning to discuss possible new measures to take in the search for the chopper that went missing near the outlying island of Lanyu off eastern Taiwan late Monday.

The search teams that have been dispatched worked late into the night on Tuesday, using marine flares to light up the ocean surface, but found no signs of the UH-60M Black Hawk.

According to the ASC, another helicopter was dispatched carrying divers for a deep water search this morning, but that also produced no results.

The ASC is considering renting a ship to conduct a more thorough underwater search.

The helicopter that disappeared belongs to the National Airborne Service Corps, and was transporting a patient from Lanyu to Taitung in southeastern Taiwan when it lost contact with the control tower and disappeared from radar screens three minutes after leaving Lanyu at 11:48 p.m. Monday night.

It was carrying two pilots, one mechanic and one nurse, in addition to the patient and a family member.

Source: Focus Taiwan