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Chairman of Taiwanese jet operator killed in U.S. helicopter crash

2019/06/20 13:20:37

Philip Yang, chairman of aircraft charter company Executive Aviation Taiwan Corp. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, June 20 (CNA) Philip Yang (楊宿智), chairman of Taiwan-based corporate jet operator and aircraft charter company Executive Aviation Taiwan Corp. (EATC), has been killed in a helicopter crash in the United States on Tuesday, the company said.

Yang, 61, was a successful businessman who owned three original equipment manufacturers of electronic devices in China, according to the EATC website.

He only began to learn to fly at the age of 40, got seven different aviation certificates in four years and flew his private plane around the world four times.

Established in 2010, EATC is the only aviation company in Asia that offers air ambulance emergency medical assistance with its own medical plane fleet and three air ambulances on standby all the time.

In 2017, EATC tendered for a contract from the Ministry of Health and Welfare to provide air ambulance services for Taiwan's outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu and the project was launched in August 2018.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Chi Jo-yao)