Taiwan F-16V Wreckage Located | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube




Airborne Special Edition-01.20.22

Airborne Special Edition-01.21.22

ANN LIVE Coverage of AEA 2021 Is Archived at www.airborne-live.net

Thu, Jan 13, 2022

Taiwan F-16V Wreckage Located

Fleet Grounded As ROCAF Seeks Answers

Taiwan's newly converted F-16V's are grounded, following an accident that saw the complete loss of an aircraft during a routine training mission from its base in southwest Taiwan. The ROCAF said the jet appeared to have plunged into the ocean with no signs the pilot ejected before impact. 

The national rescue center reported wreckage had been found during the nocturnal search of the surrounding area. The incident has led to a fleet-wide grounding order for the type as officials look to find the cause. Last spring, a similar order was issued when two of the fighters collided in what was then the 3rd fatal crash in half a year, a dangerous attrition rate for fighters that the country cannot easily replace. The accident aircraft came from the original block of F-16As delivered to the country in the late 90's, recently modernized to the F-16V specification and brought into active duty in November. Recent deliveries of aircraft have been put to work in training amid increasing airspace violations by the country's northerly Chinese neighbor. Increasing the frequency of aerial patrol is a vital concern for national sovereignty, according to the ROCAF, who has seen a record number of incursion since 2020, nearly tripling in frequency as PAF aircraft enter the ADIZ. 

So far, it is unknown whether the accident was caused by human error or equipment malfunction. Reports state that the training missions were being flown to practice ground attack procedures and perform strafing runs on targets in the Shuixi coastal range. Currently, a timetable for a return to flight status is unknown, likely pending results of an investigation. 

FMI: www.air.mnd.gov.tw


More News

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.23.22)

“The New York metropolitan area has been the largest market trailing 3 years for Jet Edge and compliments our already established Signature facility in Los Angeles. New York >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (01.23.22): Line Up And Wait (LUAW)

Line Up And Wait (LUAW) Used by ATC to inform a pilot to taxi onto the departure runway to line up and wait. It is not authorization for takeoff. It is used when takeoff clearance >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (01.23.22)

Aero Linx: Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA) Established February 25, 1993, the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), based in Washington, D.C., is a not-for-profit association,>[...]

Airborne-Unmanned 01.19.21: Zeva Zero Flies, UAS Taxi Outlook, Censys

Also: Masten Expands, Sonex Aerospace Sold, Collier Nominations, SuperBowl TFR Zeva has completed the first untethered flight test for its Zero flying wing airframe, where the airc>[...]

Aero-News: Quote of the Day (01.24.22)

"Wow, I can see Dubai Expo." and "Finally, here come my friends." Source: Just some of the signage that accompanied and Emirates announcement by once again placing a flight attenda>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2022 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC