Contrary to earlier reports, General Shen Yi-Ming, Taiwan’s chief of staff was one of eight people killed on Thursday, when their helicopter crashed near New Taipei City.
Five people survived. A spokesman told CNN Shen was initially found conscious by a search team from the New Taipei City fire department and sent to hospital.
The helicopter made an emergency landing in the mountains near Taipei after taking off on a routine mission to visit soldiers in the northeast Yilan country ahead of the lunar new year.
The incident comes a week before Taiwan holds presidential and parliamentary elections on January 11.
President Tsai Ing-wen, who is seeking re-election, cancelled all campaign activities until Saturday, promising a swift rescue operation.