MARCH 28 2012 21:29h
Five missing in Taiwan helicopter crash
The aircraft, an American-built Sikorsky S-70 C-6 known as a "Super Blue Hawk," was en route to the rescue of an Indonesian man having chest pains aboard a fishing boat in Huatang Basin, near Orchid Island in the Philippine Sea, when it was lost from radar screens Monday night, Col. Hsieh Mao-sung of the Air Force Supervision Division said.
A sixth member of the crew fell out of the helicopter as it spiraled into the sea and was rescued by fishermen, Hsieh said.
A Taiwanese Coast Guard officer said the area of the crash is known for unstable currents and ocean depths of 3,700 feet, the Taipei Times reported Wednesday.
TAIPEI, Taiwan, March 28 (UPI) -- Rescue teams are searching for five members of a Taiwan Air Force crew whose helicopter crashed off eastern Taiwan, authorities said.