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Japan scrambles fighter jets to identify Taiwanese aircraft: CAA

2017/10/18 19:34:36

The Taipei FIR extends east to longitude 124 degrees East, while Japan's ADIZ extends west to longitude 123 degrees East/image taken from Google Maps (www.google.com.tw/maps)

Taipei, Oct. 18 (CNA) Japan deployed two fighter jets on Oct. 11 to identify an aircraft that was on a test flight from Taiwan and had entered overlapping air space between the two countries, Taiwan's Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) said Wednesday.

In response to questions by legislators on whether the Taiwanese aircraft had been intercepted by Japanese fighter jets, CAA head Lin Kuo-shian (林國顯) said the Japanese jets did not attempt interception but rather were seeking to identify the aircraft.

The Taiwan aircraft, sent by the CAA on a scheduled test flight, entered an area where Taipei's flight information region (FIR) overlaps with Japan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ), Lin said.

The Taiwanese plane was already on its return flight when the two Japanese fighter jets appeared, seeking to identify the aircraft and confirm that it was not intruding into Japan's ADIZ, Lin said.

The Taipei FIR extends east to longitude 124 degrees East, while Japan's ADIZ extends west to longitude 123 degrees East, which creates a sensitive overlapping area, according to Lin.

(By Wang Shu-fen and William Yen)
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