President Mourns Pilot Killed in Line of Duty|F-5E墜海飛官殉職 蔡總統哀悼:查明真相
On the loss of the pilot, president Tsai Ing-wen mourned his death, and asked the Ministry of National Defense to investigate thoroughly.
A pilot was killed in the line of duty on Oct. 29 after his F-5E fighter crashed into the sea off the coast of Taitung during a training exercise. President Tsai Ing-wen attended a Veterans' Day event on the same day, where she expressed her condolences to the pilot's family. She also asked the Ministry of National Defense to investigate and clarify the facts, and said the military needs everyone's support.
Our pilot Captain Chu Kuan-meng died in the line of duty after receiving medical treatment. I would like to use this opportunity to express my condolences to his family, and to ask the Ministry of National Defense to investigate and determine the cause of the accident. The profession of soldier is really a tough profession.
Taiwan's F-5E fighters were produced in 1973 and remain in service. There are questions as to whether the accident was related to the plane's age. Veterans Affairs Minister Feng Shih-kuan, a retired Air Force general, piloted F5-E fighters. He said it's not an issue of age or training experience, and added that he enjoys flying F-5E jets, and he would fly them if he still could.
I really like the F-5. If the Ministry of National Defense declared me to be qualified as a pilot today and told me to choose my aircraft, I would choose the F-5. We of course would like to achieve the indigenous jet plan as quickly as possible. I don't think this was an issue of age or inappropriate training.
Feng also called on everyone to wish the Air Force well. Meanwhile, Democratic Progressive Party Legislator Wang Ting-yu said there is already a plan to phase out F-5 fighters. The plan to completely replace them with F-16V fighters and T-5 Brave Eagle advanced jet trainers will be carried out between 2023 and 2026.
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