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U.S. F-18 fighters forced to land in Taiwan
【Politics】2015-04-01  14:53:42
Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Two American F-18 fighters have made a rare landing at an Air Force base in Taiwan after one of the planes encountered mechanical problems, Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense confirmed Wednesday.

The pilots landed their planes at Tainan Air Force Base at 1:19 p.m. on Wednesday after requesting permission to land because of a mechanical glitch in one of the two aircraft, the ministry said.

There was no immediate word on where the American fighters were coming from or where they were headed.

Mark Zimmer, the spokesman for the American Institute in Taiwan, the U.S.'s de facto embassy in Taiwan, could not provide further details on the planes, but he confirmed that the crew members and the planes are safe and thanked Taiwan for its assistance.

The United States does not have formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan, and its military aircraft do not use Taiwan air bases.

(By Elaine Hou; click here for the updated story)
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