Air force F-16V fighter reported to have crashed at sea

An ROC Air Force F-16V fighter aircraft crashed into the sea off the coast of Chiayi County, according reports this afternoon, Tuesday, January 11.

The single-seat F-16V No.6650 was conducting air-to-ground bombing training when it crashed into the sear near Dongshi Township at 3:23 pm.

Coast Guard vessels and two military helicopters were immediately dispatched to search for the 28-year-old pilot, Captain Chen Yi.

Air Force Command stated in a press release this afternoon that the fighter jet No. 6650 piloted by flight officer Captain Chen Yi took off from Chiayi Air Force Base at 2:55 pm today for a routine training mission, but at 3:23 pm, the aircraft disappeared from radar screens in the vicinity of the Shuixi shooting range in Dongshi Township. The Air Force has established a response center and launched a search and rescue operation.

Members of the public on shore are reported to have witnessed the crash west of the North Dike of the Aogu Wetlands and Forest Park.

pilot and advanced trainer fighter jet
Missing pilot, Captain Chen Yi.
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