Brake trouble for fighter jet causes delays at Taiwan airport

Five civilian flights were delayed

An Indigenous Defense Fighter.

An Indigenous Defense Fighter. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The Air Force apologized Wednesday after brake problems on one of its Indigenous Defense Fighters (經國號) caused delays for five civilian flights at Taichung International Airport.

The plane had flown off from Chingchuankang (清泉崗) Air Force Base, which shares runways with the civilian airport, at 9:39 a.m. Wednesday without any problems, but when it returned from a training flight to land at 10:22 a.m., there was a problem with the brakes, the Central News Agency reported.

Nobody was injured, but as military regulations prescribe, the pilot had to leave his aircraft on the runway, making it impossible for regular civilian flights to land or take off.

The incident affected five civilian flights, reports said. The Air Force added that a task force was investigating what went wrong with the plane’s brakes.

Taiwan took delivery of 130 locally made IDF jets in the 1990s, and they have formed the backbone of its Air Force together with the F-16 from the United States and the French-built Mirage 2000.