Body of fighter pilot found 27 days after crash

The remains of a pilot who was missing for 27 days after the collision and crash of two air force F-5E fighter jets were found just 100 meters from Nanren Fishing Port in Pingtung County this morning, April 18. Captain Pan Ying-chun (潘穎諄) was one of two pilots who ejected after the two planes collided during a change in formation off the coast of Pingtung County, March 22. See previous story: One fighter pilot dead, one missing after mid-air collision

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Man who stalked woman for months suspected of murder after body found in Pingtung City

A man suspected of having stalked a woman for months before using a car to knock her off her scooter, and kidnapping her, is being detained on suspicion of homicide after the woman’s body was found in Pingtung City yesterday, April 9. A massive search for a 29-year-old woman named Zeng (曾) was launched late Thursday night after witnesses reported seeing a woman bundled into a car after being knocked off her scooter by a man driving a white hatchback

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Raptor family saved from wildfire thanks to live Internet broadcast

A brood of black kite (Milvus migrans) hatchlings was saved from being burned alive after researchers monitoring the bird family in preparation for a live broadcast to YouTube saw the nest about to be engulfed in flames, Tuesday, March 16. The National Pingtung University of Science and Technology Bird Ecology Lab, with the support of the Forestry Bureau set up camera equipment to monitor the nest on March 12 in preparation for a constant live broadcast for the general public

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Hundreds of students suffer suspected food poisoning at Pingtung County high school

More than 200 students have taken sick leave today, and 164 have reported to hospitals for treatment after a suspected food poisoning outbreak at a high school in Pingtung County yesterday, March 11. Students from Donggang High School began suffering symptoms such as stomach pains, vomiting, and diarrhea after the school-provided lunch yesterday, and began reporting to hospitals from late afternoon into the early hours of the morning. Of the approximately 2,000 students enrolled at the school, 231 students took

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Details of fatal ultralight crash emerge as investigation begins

Further details about a fatal plane crash in Pingtung County yesterday have emerged as an investigation by Taiwan’s Transportation Safety Investigation Committee began today, January 8. See previous story: Light aircraft reported missing found crashed in Pingtung County: 2 dead The aircraft was identified as a CTLS ultralight belonging to the AeroJones Aero Club, with the serial number AJ-2199. The aircraft took off from the Saijia Airfield in Sandimen Township, Pingtung County at around 2:20 pm with a planned flight

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Light aircraft reported missing found crashed in Pingtung County: 2 dead

Fire Bureau search and rescue teams have located a light aircraft reported missing in Pingtung County this afternoon, and both occupants died in the crash. The Pingtung County Fire Bureau received a report about the missing plane at 4:35 pm, according to reports by Taiwan’s Central News Agency and United Daily News. The aircraft carrying a 50-year-old flight coach named Lin, and a 24-year-old passenger named Chen, took off from a light aircraft airfield in Gaoshu Township at around 2:00

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Migrant worker charged with homicide after stabbing former employer

A Vietnamese migrant worker was charged with homicide after a man he stabbed in the back died in hospital in the early hours of this morning, January 5. According to reports in Liberty Times, and United Daily News, the 43-year-old worker, named Le (黎), went to a Vietnamese restaurant in Neipu Township, Pingtung County yesterday evening, where he ran into his former employer, a 61-year-old factory owner, named Lee (李). The former employee and employer, who had both been drinking,

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More than 500 marijuana plants seized in Pingtung County raid

Police in Pingtung County seized 524 cannabis plants, and arrested two male suspects, after raiding a farmhouse in Zhutian Township Thursday morning, November 12. Police said at a press conference today that the bust came after an investigation spanning more than three months. In July, police were tipped off that someone was manufacturing and selling marijuana cigarettes somewhere in the Zhutian area. After a three month long investigation two suspects and a property were identified. On the morning of November

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Spanish tourist dies after scooter hit by truck in Pingtung County

A Spanish woman who entered Taiwan on a tourist visa died after a truck driving on the wrong side of the road hit her scooter in Pingtung County last night, September 4. The 26-year-old woman, who is not named in media reports, was on her way back to a homestay in Manzhou Township when a light truck crossed the double-yellow lines and smashed head-on into her scooter the Fenshuiling section of County Road 200 in Changle Village shortly after 8:30

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Missing hiker rescued after 10 days with no food, and immobile due to injury

A man who went missing after being separated from a hiking group on June 6 was found alive, but injured yesterday June 16. Yang Xin-zheng ( 楊欣正 ), 52, became separated from a 15-person group of colleagues while hiking on Pengji Mountain in Pingtung County June 6. Pingtung County Fire Bureau mounted a large scale search for Yang, a hospital deputy administrative director, on the evening of the same day. Search efforts were hampered by steep terrain and constant rain.

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Multiple boats destroyed by fire at fishing port

At least seven boats were destroyed by fire in Yanpu fishing port in Donggang Township, Pingtung County yesterday, including five large ocean going long-liners. The fire started on a tuna fishing boat undergoing repairs in the port at around 4:00 pm, and in windy conditions, the fire quickly spread to other vessels. Electrical wires are suspected to be the cause of the fire, according to a report in Liberty Times. A pall of thick, black smoke could be seen as

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