National Airborne Service Corps, Ministry of the Interior NA-706 Occurrence Progress Report
On February 5, 2018, the National Airborne Service Corp, Ministry of Interior, conducted an emergency medical service flight with an UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter, registration number NA-706. The helicopter carried 1 patient, 1 family member of the patient, 2 flight crewmembers, 1 mechanic and 1 nurse, total 6 persons on board. At 2349, the helicopter took off from Lanyu Airport to Taitung (Feng Nien) Airport and lost contact with the control tower three minutes later.
After Aviation Safety Council (ASC) was notified, an investigation team was assigned immediately to Lanyu Island to launch investigation and assist search and rescue. When investigation team arrived in Taitung on next day (2/6), due to poor weather conditions, all sea and air transportation to Lanyu Island were suspended. The team is heading to Lanyu Island and has coordinated the Coast Guard Administration, the Executive Yuan for supports to search the underwater flight data recorder Today(2/8) .
According to Aviation Occurrence Investigation Act, the ASC had determined the event as an aviation occurrence. An Investigator-in-Charge has been assigned to this investigation. The investigation team had accomplished the initial investigation planning including personnel organization and equipment requirements, witness interviews, air traffic radar data calculation, occurrence site area hydrological data collection, flight data recorder underwater search planning and maintenance record collection, etc.
Sherry Liu, Engineer