Chopper has heavy landing
An AH-1W SuperCobra helicopter “landed heavily” yesterday morning at an army base, causing minor damage to the aircraft. The two pilots were not injured in the incident, the army said yesterday. The army said the helicopter took off at 9:10am from an army base in Sinshe (新社), Greater Taichung. While practicing rotations at 10:30am, the helicopter descended quickly before landing heavily at the base, damaging the helicopter’s tail and machine-gun batteries. Pilot Chu Po-hsun (朱寶勳) and instructor Liu Ming-hui (劉銘輝) were not injured. The pair are both experienced pilots, the army said, adding that they might have misjudged speed and height during the rotation practice. The army said it had temporarily suspended training flights with the helicopter.
Cohen backs closer ties
New York University School of Law professor Jerome Cohen said in Taipei yesterday that everyone concerned should support closer cross-strait ties and that human rights protection in China was a crucial issue that would impact that country’s future development. US-Asia Law Institute co-director Cohen made the remarks during a meeting with President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) at the Presidential Office. Ma said Cohen, who was one of his professors at Harvard Law School in the late 1970s, was a leading authority in the US on legal issues in China and had also been closely following judicial reforms in Taiwan. Ma said the presidential debate in Taiwan on Dec. 3 was followed closely for the first time by Chinese netizens and microbloggers. Cohen, who is particularly interested in criminal law procedures and human rights, is an expert on judicial systems on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, the president said.