TAIPEI, TAIWAN —
Taiwan’s navy says one of many air drive’s F-16 fighter jets disappeared throughout a nighttime coaching mission.
The defence ministry mentioned the single-seater aircraft fell off radar screens about two minutes after taking off on Tuesday night and that the destiny of the pilot was unknown.
An enormous air and sea search has been ordered within the space surrounding the air base within the jap metropolis of Hualien alongside the Pacific coast.
The aircraft’s disappearance follows the crash of an F-5E fighter throughout a coaching mission final month, killing the pilot.
The incidents come as Taiwan’s air drive is below larger strain to reply to incursions by warplanes from China, which claims Taiwan as its personal territory to be introduced below its management by drive if vital.
Taiwan bought the F-16s from the USA, its chief ally, within the Nineties and has been upgrading its current fashions together with ordering the newest model of the versatile jet.