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Taiwan grounds F-16 fighter aircraft fleet following crash

05 June 2018

The Republic of China Air Force (RoCAF) has temporarily grounded its fleet of F-16 multirole fighter aircraft following the crash on 4 June of a single-seat F-16A while on a training mission in northern Taiwan.

The Ministry of National Defense (MND) said that the pilot, Major Wu Yen-ting, was killed in the crash, which took place around 13:40 h (local time). Wreckage from the aircraft was found in the mountainous Rueifang District, located some 34 km from the Taiwanese capital, Taipei.

The F-16A, which at the time was taking part in the annual ‘Han Kuang’ military exercise, was under the command of the 12th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron and stationed at Hualien Air Base.

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