Taiwan’s ambassador to Paraguay defends quality of UH-1H helicopters after crash

26-Nov-2019 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 6:02 AM Print This Post

Gift package included UH-1H helicopters to aid Paraguay in fight against terrorist activities, drug smuggling

After one of the two UH-1H helicopters Taiwan gifted to Paraguay crashed on November 21, Taiwanese Ambassador to Paraguay Diego Chou insisted that the vehicles had been in fair condition when they were delivered to the South American ally, Liberty Times reported on Monday (November 25).

Taiwan sent a gift package, which included the two UH-1H helicopters and 30 Hummer vehicles, to Paraguay in August to help the country fight against terrorist activities and drug smuggling, the news outlet reported. However, on the afternoon of November 21, one of the helicopters crashed into a factory in Pedro Juan Caballero, a city in east Paraguay on the Brazilian border.

The crash set ignited fires in at least five buildings and injured 12 crew members and five people on the ground, the report said, adding that fortunately, no one was killed.

According to the Paraguayan military, the helicopter had been maintained routinely. It said an initial study indicated the crash was caused by engine malfunction and asked the Taiwanese embassy for original documents on the helicopter to investigate whether the accident was related to aircraft aging or flawed parts, according to the report.

According to Radio Nanduti, Chou said that the helicopters were in fair condition when they were delivered and stated that Taiwanese technicians would work with the Paraguayan authorities to investigate the cause of the accident, the news outlet reported.


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