Pilot missing after Taiwan jet crash

Debris of missing Taiwan Air Force F-16V fighter jet found off the coast of western Taiwan, but its pilot is still missing, according to the National Command Center island rescue.

The single-seater plane took off from a base in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, for training on Tuesday and disappeared from radar screens 28 minutes later.

National Defense Minister Chiu Kuo-cheng visited the crash site in Chiayi on Wednesday, pledging not to abandon the search for the 28-year-old pilot.

A spokesman for the Taiwan Air Force said the cause of the crash was still under investigation, but the weather was good and visibility good when the plane went down. crashed into the sea on Tuesday, adding that there was no sign the pilot ejected before the crash.

The aircraft, which was built in 1998, was refitted and modernized with US assistance in November as part of a modernization program for Taiwan’s 64 F-16V fighter jets.

The return to service of the F-16V fighter jets came amid rising tensions between Taipei and Beijing late last year following China’s multiple incursions into Taiwan’s air defense zone at the start. October.

The Taiwan Air Force has grounded all F-16V fighters since the incident.


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