torsdag 13. januar 2022

Taiwan suspends F-16 fleet combat training after jet crashes into sea

Taiwan's air force on Tuesday suspended combat training for its F-16 fleet after a recently upgraded model of the fighter jet crashed into the sea in the latest of a series of accidents. The island's Defense Ministry said the F-16V, the most advanced type in Taiwan's fleet, went missing from radar screens after taking off from the Chiayi Air Base in southern Taiwan for a training mission over a coastal firing range.

President Tsai Ing-wen issued instructions to spare no efforts in the search and rescue mission and "to further clarify the cause of the accident," her spokesman said. The government's Rescue Command Center said witnesses had seen the aircraft crash into the sea and helicopters and ships were searching for the pilot.