Taiwan. During the routine exercises, the F-16V plane crashed

  • Piloted by Captain Chen Yi, the F-16V was lost at the seaside during a routine afternoon training near Jiayi County, in the west of Taiwan, 30 minutes after take-off from base
  • According to the ministry, the plane disappeared from the radar at 15:23 Taiwanese time. The weather conditions were good
  • There is no indication that the pilot managed to eject, nor did he send out mayday messages. One of the witnesses and the pilot of the second plane saw the machine fall into the sea and disappear under the water surface. For the time being, no scenario of the causes of the catastrophe is ruled out
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The aircraft had a flight time of 3,415 hours, 401 of them after it was upgraded to version V. It underwent a routine inspection in December.

The fighter is one of the F-16A / B aircraft modernized to F-16V by the American company Lockheed Martin and the Taiwanese Aerospace Industrial Development Corp. for nearly $ 4 trillion. In addition to its ongoing modernization program, Taiwan has also ordered 66 new F-16Vs from the Americans, which are slated to start delivery next year.

The F-16 planes were purchased for the first time from the United States in 1997 and are in service with the Taiwanese military to this day.

Among others, helicopters, navy and coast guard ships. The police and the fire brigade are also to help in the action.

Taiwan’s President Cai Ing-wen wrote on Facebook that she had instructed the Ministry of Defense to make every effort to conduct a search operation and explain the causes of the accident.

According to the CNA, eight F-16 fighters have crashed in Taiwan in the past 24 years. In the crashes, 3 pilots were killed and 5 are missing.

In November 2020, Taiwan decided to ground the F-16 after the plane crashed at sea near Hualian County, in eastern Taiwan. Just three weeks earlier, an F-5E plane crashed during a routine exercise, and in February 2021 two F-5E planes crashed during joint exercises. The Ministry of Defense informed that it plans to replace all F-5E aircraft within 3 years.

Pressure on Taiwan has increased in recent months and the number of incidents involving Chinese troops in the South China Sea has increased significantly. In January, the PRC’s military forces breached Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) almost daily – on Tuesday, there were 5 Chinese planes, including 4 Shenyang J-16 fighters.

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