TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — An Indigenous Defense Fighter (IDF) jet overshot the runway at Makung Airport in Penghu County Wednesday (May 5), forcing the airport to close for one hour, but its two-man crew was unharmed.
A twin-seat IDF approached the airport at 12:39 p.m. Wednesday but failed to come to a complete halt until it had reached the northern end of the runway, Liberty Times reported.
The Air Force immediately sent a team to investigate. The two crew members did not need any assistance and were unharmed, reports said.
Makung Airport was closed for one hour, forcing the cancellation of five flights and affecting eight others. Flights were resumed at 1:31 p.m., according to the Liberty Times.
There is no report about the cause of the mishap as of yet, though strong winds and earlier technical problems during the jet’s flight were listed as possibilities. Frequent incursions into the nation's air defense identification zone by Chinese aircraft in recent months have put extra strain on Taiwanese pilots and fighter jets.
IDFs have been stationed on Penghu, which sits in the middle of the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, to respond to the almost daily incursions by Chinese military aircraft.