Air Force plane makes emergency belly landing in southern Taiwan

All crew members are safe after an emergency belly-landing of E-2K early warning aircraft in Pingtung County this morning, November 25, Taiwan’s Air Force Command said in a press release. According to reports, the E-2K belonging to the Early Warning Aircraft 2nd Squadron of the Electronic Warfare Brigade departed at 9:50 am on a routine training mission. When preparing to land shortly after 11:00 am, an abnormality in the landing gear was reported. Flight officer, Major Chang Wei-ye, landed the

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Motorcycle rider killed after hitting taxi driving with lights off on expressway

A motorcycle rider died at the scene after slamming into the back of a taxi at high speed on Expressway 64 in New Taipei City last night, and the taxi driver, who was driving with headlights off, is being investigated on charges of negligent death. Police received a report of an accident at the 25.5 kilometer mark of Expressway 64 in Zhonghe District at 10:57 pm. Dashcam footage of the accident taken from a car that was traveling at 90

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Street racer shot in the leg after causing fatal crash and attacking police officers

A man was shot in the leg after attacking police officers attending the scene of a traffic accident in Taipei City early this morning, November 14. According to Taipei City Police, at around 4:20 am a 22-year-old man, named Lee, was racing with an underaged, 16-year-old driver, named Chiang, on Zhongxiao West Road when Lee’s vehicle clipped the rear of another car as they entered the Zhongshan Road underpass. The car hit by Lee went out of control and rolled

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Two Tainan City properties strafed with submachine gun fire: suspected political motivation

The campaign office of Democratic Progressive Party candidate, and a building owned by a member of the Democratic Progressive Party Executive Committee were strafed by gunshots in the early hours of this morning, November 10, in what may be a politically-motivated act 16 days ahead of upcoming elections, November 26. Tainan City Police responded to reports of gunshots fired at the service office of Councilor Hsieh Tsai-wang (謝財旺) at around 3:00 am. Investigators found the steel roller-door of the office

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456 KG: Biggest marijuana smuggling bust in Taiwan’s history

Police and customs officials intercepted a 456 kilogram haul of marijuana hidden in a shipment of wood pellets imported from Canada earlier this year, it was revealed at a press conference today, following a 6-month-long investigation, and the arrest of six men suspect to be involved in the operation. Officers of the National Police Agency Third Special Police Corps in cooperation with the Keelung Customs Bureau and Bali Customs Inspection Station inspected a shipment of multi-purpose wood pellets imported from

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Driver killed in horrific high-speed single-vehicle crash in Yilan County

A driver who died after he was thrown from his vehicle when it slammed into a utility pole on a highway in Yilan County today has not yet been identified as police continue an investigation into the crash. The Yilan County Fire Bureau received a report of a single-vehicle accident at the 4 kilometer mark of Provincial Highway 7C in Datong Township at 9:29 am. Firefighters and police arrived at the scene to find the car ablaze, and the driver

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Taiwanese combatant in Ukraine confirmed to have died in battle

Tseng Sheng-kuang (曾聖光), a 25-year-old Taiwanese man who enlisted in the International Legion of Ukraine’s territorial defense forces died in battle on Wednesday, November 2, it has been confirmed by the man’s family in Taiwan, and Ukrainian authorities, after reports began to circulate on social media platforms yesterday. Tseng’s wife, Huang Li-chen (黃麗珍), told Taiwan’s Central News Agency (CNA) Friday evening that she received a message from her husband’s comrade that Tseng had died due to excessive blood loss after

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Two life boats from sunken ship found, but no sign of 12 missing crew

An air and sea search for 12 missing Indonesian crew members continues today after two empty lifeboats from the sunken vessel were found yesterday with no signs of life on board. The crew of 17 Indonesian nationals from the cement carrier Xing Shun No.1 abandoned ship in heavy seas at around 3:00pm, October 31, as the stricken vessel began to list and water began to flood the hold. Taiwan’s National Coast Guard Administration dispatched the 100-ton patrol ship Hsinchu to

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12 crew missing after ship sinks in the Taiwan Strait

Five members of a ship’s crew were rescued, but 12 are missing, after a bulk carrier sank off Taiwan’s southwest coast last night, October 31. The 10,000 ton cement carrier Xing Shun No.1 first encountered problems on October 30 when three crew members were injured after a wave swept over the deck when the ship was located 50 nautical miles west of the Port of Kaohsiung. Taiwan’s National Airborne Service Corps dispatched a black hawk helicopter to airlift the three

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Explosion and fire at Kaohsiung City oil refinery leaves nearby residents terrified

A hydrogen leak at a hydro-desulfurization unit at the Dalin Refinery in Kaohsiung City last night caused an explosion and fire that left nearby residents so terrified that they are demanding the government relocate their village, according to reports this morning, October 28. Fortunately there were no casualties following the incident. The explosion and fire occurred at 10:35 pm at the CPC refinery on Zhonglin Road in Xiaogang District. The Kaohsiung City Fire Bureau dispatched 18 vehicles and 40 personnel

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Environmental group draws attention to fishing gear threat with video of turtle injured by fish lure

Press Release: Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) The Environment & Animal Society of Taiwan (EAST) recently received reports of a green loggerhead impaled by a barbed fishing lure in the waters off Hengchun Peninsula in Pingtung County. The lure pierced the turtle’s chin, neck and left fin, visibly tugging at the animal’s skin with every fin stroke. The injured turtle was spotted by divers who captured video footage of the scene. According to Taiwan’s Wildlife Conservation Act, members

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