ILLUSTRATION. Taiwan-made Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDF) fighter jets take part in the Han Kuang military exercise, simulating an enemy invasion, in Taichung, Taiwan, July 16, 2020.
Source: Channel News Asia | Editor: SS Kurniawan
KONTAN.CO.ID – TAIPEI. A Taiwanese pilot died on Thursday after his fighter jet crashed off the island’s East Coast during routine training, in the second fatal air crash in three months.
Pilot Chu Kuang-meng actually managed to exit the F-5E fighter jet after reporting engine failure shortly after take-off, the Taiwan Air Force said. Channel News Asia.
The 29-year-old man was rescued from the sea in a state of unconsciousness, but his life could not be saved.
The crash occurred as the ill-armed Taiwanese Air Force was forced to deal with an unprecedented level of attacks on its defensive zones by the Chinese military.
Taiwan said it had twice as many fighter jets as last year in an attempt to alert Chinese military aircraft.
Beijing views self-governing Taiwan as its territory, and has vowed to one day retake it, by force if necessary.
All F-5 fighter jets have been banned from flying
Analysts say increasing Chinese military activity in Taiwan is a way to test the island’s defense response, but also weakens its fighters.
The F-5E is an older generation fighter jet with designs dating back to the 1960s.
Sumber : Channel News Asia
Editor: SS Kurniawan