ASC begins probe of Bell 206B-3 chopper crash that killed Chi Po-lin and two others

Preliminary findings of an investigation into the helicopter crash that claimed the life of award-winning filmmaker Chi Po-lin (齊柏林) and two others show the helicopter did not run into gondola cables or power lines and there was no fire before the crash, Aviation Safety Council (ASC) investigator Lee Pao-kang (李寶康) said yesterday.

Lee and other ASC investigators yesterday arrived at the site of Saturday’s crash in Hualien County’s Fengbin Township (豐濱).

Chi was using the helicopter, a Bell 206B-3 owned and operated by Emerald Pacific Airlines (凌天航空), to film footage for a sequel to his 2013 documentary Beyond Beauty: Taiwan From Above (看見台灣) when it crashed in a mango orchard in a mountainous area of the township, killing the 52-year-old Chi, pilot Chang Chi-kuang (張志光), 53, and Chi’s assistant, Chen Kuan-chi (陳冠齊), 25.

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