Air Force pilot safe after F-16 crashes off Southern Taiwan
CNATAIPEI--An Air Force single-seater F-16 jet fighter crashed into waters southwest of Chiayi in Southern Taiwan on Wednesday, but its pilot ejected to safety, according to Air Force Command Headquarters.
May 16, 2013, 12:13 am TWN
The plane crashed soon after taking off from the Air Force's base in Chiayi at 2 p.m. on a training mission, the headquarters said.
The pilot, Lieutenant Wu Yen-ting, found there was something wrong with the plane and ejected after reporting the problem to the control tower, according to the Air Force.
An S-70C helicopter was then sent to rescue the 26-year-old pilot, who suffered only minor injuries. Wu is now being treated at a veterans hospital in Chiayi, the headquarters said.
The Air Force suspected mechanical failure was behind the crash but said it has set up a special task force to further investigate the cause of the mishap.