Two soldiers killed in chopper crash during military exercise

(CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) — Two soldiers died when a military OH-58D helicopter crashed at an air base in Hsinchu on Thursday, during the annual Han Kuang exercises, according to the Army.

The two soldiers were identified as pilot and co-pilot on the helicopter, Army Major Chien Jen-chuan (簡任專) and Captain Kao Chia-lung (高嘉隆), respectively, the Army Command Headquarters said.

They were rushed to a nearby hospital, but they both died, the Army said.

Meanwhile, firetrucks were dispatched from the Hsinchu City Fire Department to put out a blaze that occurred when the chopper crashed at the air base at 3:30 p.m., the department said.