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F-16 forced to land in Penghu

F-16 forced to land in Penghu

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Engine problems forced an F-16 fighter jets to make an unscheduled landing at Makung Airport in Penghu, but nobody was injured, the Air Force said Friday.
The United States-built jets form the core of Taiwan’s Air Force, together with domestic Indigenous Defense Fighters and French-built Mirage 2000 jets.
The F-16A took off from the Chiayi Air Force Base in Southern Taiwan at 10:45 Friday morning on a routine training mission, military sources said.
A problem with the main engine was registered around 11 a.m., leading the pilot to follow official procedure and seek to land at the nearest airport, at the time Makung in the Penghu islands halfway between Taiwan’s main island and China.
He landed at 11:21 a.m., and neither the plane was damaged nor the pilot hurt, the Air Force Command said.
There was no further word on whether the cause of the problem had been detected and repaired.


Updated : 2021-09-27 06:56 GMT+08:00