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AT-3 search focuses on 6 locations

AT-3 search focuses on 6 locations

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The search for the missing AT-3 training plane with two Air Force officers on board will focus on six locations in a remote mountainous part of Central Taiwan, reports said Friday.
The jet took off from an Air Force base in Kaohsiung just before noon Tuesday and disappeared half an hour later with instructor Major Wang Ching-chun, 32, and First Lieutenant Huang Chun-jung, 23, on board. The rescue effort has been extremely complicated because of the rough and remote terrain in the area where the training jet vanished off the radar.
Based on an analysis of the incident, the Air Force had reportedly identified six locations where the AT-3 might have come down, reports said Friday. Rescue teams would continue to make their way to the areas over land, including two groups totaling 49 people, but a total of 19 aircraft of various types would also be mobilized Friday afternoon, reports said.
The six areas were located in deep forest, but there were signs that there might have recently been fires or crashes, according to the Air Force Academy in Kaohsiung City, where Wang served. Helicopters had already approached the locations but had not found any signs of life. A thick cloud cover was still making reconnaissance in some areas difficult, the military said.
Even the rescue teams had to be flown in by helicopter because of the difficulty of the terrain, while the air teams were also looking for landing places closer to the likely crash site. The military said it was hoping to find Wang and Huang alive.
The missing AT-3 had been in service for 27 years, while the instructor had flown almost 1,500 hours, the military said. All training jets of the same type were grounded after the disappearance due to the lack of understanding of its cause.


Updated : 2021-04-23 11:26 GMT+08:00