RoCAF F-5E Fighter Jet Crashes Off Eastern Taiwan, Pilot Killed

An Republic of China Air Force (ROCAF) F-5E fighter jet crashed during a training mission off the coast of Taitung County in eastern Taiwan Thursday morning killing the pilot.

The pilott, identified as Captain Chu Kuan-meng, was able to eject from the aircraft but suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and was rushed to Mackay Memorial Hospital for treatment. CNA reported that doctors were unable to resuscitate him, and he was officially declared dead at 9:27 a.m.

The aircraft reportedly took off from Taitung Zhihang air base but crashed within 2 minutes into the sea one mile north of the base.

Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence confirmed the fatal crash.

Taiwan procured a total of 242 F-5s powered by two J58-GE-21A engines. The first aircraft was delivered to the ROC Air Force in 1974, and the aircraft are still being used for training.

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