F-16 jet goes missing off western Taiwan

01/11/2022 04:36 PM
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CNA photo Jan. 5, 2022
CNA photo Jan. 5, 2022

(This story has been updated with local residents' statement, as well as video and photos of the ongoing search efforts at 7 p.m. Tuesday)

Taipei, Jan. 11 (CNA) An F-16V fighter jet went missing over the sea off western Taiwan on Tuesday afternoon, with search and recovery operations ongoing as of press time, according to Taiwan's Air Force.

The jet, with the serial number 6650, disappeared from radar screens at 3:23 p.m., about 30 minutes after it took off from Chiayi Air Base in southern Taiwan for routine training, it added.

Chiayi residents have reported seeing the jet crash into the sea near Aogu Wetland in Chiayi's Dongshi Township, according to the National Rescue Command Center.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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Update

Jan. 13: Suspected remains of F-16V pilot found

Jan. 12: Debris from missing F-16V found, but no sign of pilot

Jan. 12: Missing F-16V pilot was a thoughtful person: relatives, friends

Jan. 11: Taiwan grounds F-16 jets as search continues for aircraft, pilot

The military continues to set off flares Tuesday evening for the search and rescue operations. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
The military continues to set off flares Tuesday evening for the search and rescue operations. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
Coast Guard Administration officers continue search efforts on the coast of Chiayi County. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
Coast Guard Administration officers continue search efforts on the coast of Chiayi County. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
A helicopter deployed in the search and rescue mission. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
A helicopter deployed in the search and rescue mission. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
The search team sets off a flare to help with the operations. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
The search team sets off a flare to help with the operations. CNA photo Jan. 11, 2022
Video courtesy of the Coast Guard Administration's unit in Chiayi County
The F-16V fighters are displayed to the press on Jan. 5.
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