Taiwanese airforce fighter jet crashed during a combat training on Tuesday, with the pilot unaccounted for and an investigation underway.
The crash by an f-16V which is Taiwan’s most advanced fighter jet dealt a blow to the self-ruled island’s military which has hoped to use the warplanes to counter growing pressure from China’s people’s Liberation Army(PLA).
Taiwan on Tuesday suspended combat training for its f-16fleet after a recently upgraded model of the fighter jet crashed into the sea in the latest a series of accidents.
The defense ministry said the f-16V, the most advanced type in Taiwan’s fleet went missing from radar screens after taking off from the Chiayi air base in southern Taiwan for a training mission over a coastal firing range.
President Tsai Ing-wen issued instructions to spare no efforts in the search and rescue mission and to further clarify the cause of the accident.