TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Chinese military aircraft sent to intercept a U.S. spy plane nearing China's airspace on Monday morning (Nov. 8) reportedly breached Taiwan's air defense identification zone (ADIZ).
At 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning, a U.S. Air Force E-8C neared China's ADIZ, prompting the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) to broadcast radio warnings to the spy plane in Chinese and English, according to the Facebook page of Taiwanese aircraft spotter "Southwest Airspace of TW" (台灣西南空域). The PLAAF message stated, "This is the Chinese Air Force, you are approaching Chinese airspace and affecting flight safety. Leave immediately. Leave immediately or you will be intercepted."
Just eight minutes later, the PLAAF military aircraft that had been scrambled to drive away the U.S. spy plane allegedly entered Taiwan's ADIZ. Taiwan's Air Force responded by sending combat air patrol planes, broadcasting radio warnings, and tracking the Chinese aircraft with land-based anti-aircraft missiles.
"Attention, you have entered our ADIZ, which affects our flight safety. Turn back immediately and leave," the Taiwan Air Force broadcast.
At 8:20 p.m. that evening, the MND reported that the Chinese warplanes that had intruded into the southwest corner of Taiwan's ADIZ that day were two Shenyang J-11 fighter jets. In addition, one Shaanxi KJ-500 airborne early warning and control aircraft (AEW&C) penetrated the same sector of Taiwan's defense zone the same day.