On March 14, Reuters quoted information from Taiwan’s armed forces as saying they had just lost another fighter jet, the second crash in just three months.
Accordingly, a Taiwanese Mirage 2000 fighter jet plunged into the sea off the southeast coast of the island on March 13 after a mechanical failure but the pilot was saved.
The French-built plane took off shortly after 10 a.m. local time on a training mission . Shortly after takeoff, the pilot announced that the plane had to be turned back after a mechanical problem.
The pilot plunged the plane into the sea south of the base and was safely rescued by a helicopter.
An investigation team has been formed to investigate the incident.
Taiwan received its first Mirage jets in 1997, although they have been upgraded several times since.
In January, Taiwan suspended combat training for its fleet of F-16s after a recently upgraded fighter jet crashed into the sea, killing the pilot.
Last year, two F-5E fighter jets, which first entered service in Taiwan in the 1970s, plunged into the sea after they collided in mid-air on a training mission, also from the base. Chihhang Air Force Base.
In late 2020, an F-16 disappeared shortly after taking off from Hualien Air Force Base on the east coast of Taiwan during a routine training mission.