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Salvage mission for missing Mirage-2000 fighter plane to continue

2017/12/02 18:12:47

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Taipei, Dec. 2 (CNA) A salvage mission to locate and retrieve the black box of a missing Mirage-2000 fighter jet will resume next week pending good weather after poor weather conditions rendered an attempt this week unsuccessful, an unnamed Air Force official said Saturday.

The official revealed that Kaohsiung-based Dragon Prince Hydro-Survey Enterprise, the company that won the contract for the mission, embarked for the first marine salvage mission Nov. 27.

However, due to poor weather conditions and heavy seas, the team put in to Keelung Port Nov. 29 empty-handed, the official said.

According to the official, the contractor factored in safety conditions and poor visibility when making the decision to suspend the mission.

The mission is scheduled to resume next week if the weather permits, the official noted.

It has been 25 days since the plane's disappearance, during which time the Air Force has managed to locate a signal 145 kilometers north northeast of Keelung that is similar to the signal that would come from a Mirage-2000 black box.

There have been no developments since in the mission to locate and retrieve the black box of the jet piloted by Captain Ho Tzu-yu (何子雨) that went missing Nov. 7.

The Control Yuan filed an application Nov. 20 to look into the case to determine whether the aircraft's disappearance was caused by mechanical failure or human error.

(By Liu Lee-jung and Kuan-lin Liu)