Tue, Mar 19, 2002 - Page 4 News List

Control Yuan forms team to investigate village chief's death

By Lin Miao-jung  /  STAFF REPORTER

The Control Yuan has named members Lin Chiou-shan (林秋山), Huang Chin-jenn (黃勤鎮) and Chan Yi-chang (詹益彰) to head a probe into the death of a village chief in Penghu.

Minister of the Interior Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) on Sunday promised to investigate whether a delay in police air rescue operations contributed to the death of village chief Chen Sheng-hsiung (陳勝雄) last Thursday.

Lin told media reporters yesterday that Chen's death was similar to the Pachang Creek (八掌溪) incident in 2000, which claimed the lives of four workers when rescuers failed to arrive in time.

After the Pachang Creek tragedy, the Control Yuan censured the Executive Yuan for its inflexible rescue operation systems.

"But it happened again," Lin said.

Lin, Huang and Chan will investigate whether the Executive Yuan has really improved its rescue operations system.

The second aim of the probe, according to Lin, will be to determine whether Penghu officials signed a contract with Der An Airline (德安航空) -- which is responsible for airlifting seriously ill patients to Taiwan for treatment -- without considering a backup plan for when Der An's helicopter was undergoing maintenance.

Lin said they will also investigate whether there was any dereliction of duty or misconduct related to the delay.

Chen died from massive stomach bleeding.

His family had sent him to the local public health office in Penghu, where the doctor immediately suggested that he be sent to Taiwan because of the seriousness of his condition.

However, Der An's BK-117 helicopter was undergoing repair and maintenance on Thursday.

While Chen's family made the request for an emergency airlift to a police helicopter squad, the police did not immediately respond to the call.

A helicopter arrived in Penghu seven hours later and Chen was taken to Kaohsiung, where he died.

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