Taiwan Loses 2 Fighter Jets In Apparent Mid Air Collision, Third Crash In 6 Months!

Taipei: 

Two Taiwanese fighter jets crashed on Monday in the third such incident in the past half year, at a time when the Beijing-claimed island’s armed forced are under increasing pressure to intercept Chinese aircraft on an almost daily basis.

While Taiwan’s air force is well trained and well equipped, mostly with US-made equipment, it is dwarfed by China’s. Beijing views the democratic island as its own territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Chinese control.

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Taiwan’s National Rescue Command Centre said two air force F-5E fighters, each with one pilot aboard, crashed into the sea off the island’s southeastern coast after they apparently collided in mid-air during a training mission.

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An air force helicopter, coast guard and other rescue ships have been scrambled to look for the pilots, it added.

www.ndtv.com/world-news/taiwan-loses-2-fighter-jets-in-apparent-collision-third-crash-in-6-months-2396378

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