Two pilots eject after F-5E fighter jets collide mid-air off Pingtung

03/22/2021 04:29 PM
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A F-5E fighter jet / CNA file photo
A F-5E fighter jet / CNA file photo

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Taipei, March 22 (CNA) Two pilots ejected from their aircraft Monday afternoon after two F-5E fighter jets collided mid-air off eastern Pingtung County during a training mission, sources told CNA.

Military helicopters, coast guard vessels have been dispatched to search for the two pilots, surnamed Pan (潘) and Lo (羅), according to the National Rescue Command Center (NRCC).

According to information from the Ministry of Defense, a total of four F-5Es took off from eastern Taitung Airbase at 2:30 p.m. for a routine training mission before two of the jets disappeared from radar screens, apparently after a mid-air collision, around 3:06 p.m., NRCC said.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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Satellite image courtesy of the National Rescue Command Center
Satellite image courtesy of the National Rescue Command Center
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