Am F-16 fighter jet went missing over waters off eastern Taiwan after it took off from the Hualien Air Base, as part of a nighttime training exercise.
An F-16 fighter jet went missing over waters off eastern Taiwan after it took off from the Hualien Air Base, as part of a nighttime training exercise.
According to the Taiwanese Ministry of Defense (MND,) the single-seat F-16 jet, serial number 6672 piloted by Colonel Chiang Cheng-chih went off the radar at 6:07 p.m. nine nautical miles northeast of its takeoff point.
The National Rescue Command Center (NRCC) announced that a Black Hawk chopper and coast guard vessels have been dispatched to the area to locate the Chiang and his jet.
The Taiwanese air force said that Chiang, who was an experienced squadron commander, had completed 2,230 hours of flying time.
The incident happened just after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen attended a memorial service for Chu Kuan-meng, who died when his F-5E crashed into the sea soon after taking off from Chihang airbase in Taitung last October 29.
Taiwan has already lost seven F-16s due to accidents, six of them fatal, since 1988.