F-16 goes missing off eastern Taiwan

11/17/2020 07:44 PM
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An F-16 fighter jet. CNA file photo
An F-16 fighter jet. CNA file photo

Update: F-16 disappears from radar at altitude of 6,000 feet: Air Force

Taipei, Nov. 17 (CNA) An F-16 fighter jet went missing over waters off eastern Taiwan Tuesday night, with search and recovery operations ongoing as of press time, according to the Ministry of National Defense. (MND).

The F-16 disappeared from radar screens at 6:07 p.m. nine nautical miles northeast of Hualien Air Base, 2 minutes after taking off from the base as part of a nighttime training exercise, according to MND.

The single-seat F-16 jet, serial number 6672, was piloted by Colonel Chiang Cheng-chih (蔣正志), according to the MND.

A separate press release issued by the National Rescue Command Center (NRCC) indicated that a Black Hawk chopper and coast guard vessels have been dispatched to the area to locate the aircraft and its pilot.

(By Huang Li-yun and Joseph Yeh)

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