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Un F-16 disparaît des écrans radar, Taïwan cloue au sol sa flotte d'avions de chasse © Pixabay An F-16 disappears from the radar screens, Taiwan nails on the ground its fleet of hunting planes Taiwan nails its F16 hunters, one of the most advanced combat aircraft on the island, on the ground after the crash of one of them. This accident occurs less than two months after Taiwan commissioning of the first F-16V, American design squadron, in an effort to upgrade its aerial fleet facing China.

After the disappearance of a F-16 off Taiwan, Taipeh reacts. The country nailed its fleet of hunters on the ground, while one of them, disappeared at sea, was actively sought, reports the air force. The F-16V, one of the most advanced combat aircraft of Taiwan , disappeared from the radar screens half an hour after taking off for a routine drive flight, according to the same source. The pilot is Captain Chen Yi, 28, who joined the Air Force in 2020. The National Rescue Center indicated that witnesses saw the camera "crash into the sea", what The Air Force confirmed at a press conference.

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"There is no sign that the pilot could jump in parachute," said the Inspector General of the Air Force, General Liu Hui-Dog, according to whom all F-16 were forbidden flights at the moment. This accident occurs less than two months after the Taiwan commissioned by the first F-16V, American design squadron, in an effort to upgrade its aerial fleet, while tensions with China are at their highest .

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Taiwan, where the Chinese nationalist troops took refuge in 1949 after their defeat against the Communists, is considered by Beijing as a rebel province to be reunited at the continent, by force if necessary. The President Tsai Ing-Wen ordered that all the means of relief be deployed and requested that the causes of the accident be identified, according to his services.

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At least three helicopters and five ships participate in research. The F-16V is a much more sophisticated version than the other F-16 hunters on the island, which date from the 1990s. Taiwan also has French mirage hunters and local manufacturing combat aircraft.

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Its air army has undergone a series of fatal accidents in recent years, while Chinese pressure continues to increase. In March 2021, Taipei had already immobilized all his military aviation, after the collision of two hunters in flight (a dead, a disappeared) - the third Fatal crash in less than six months. In January 2020, eight senior officials, including the Chief of Staff of the Army, had perished when a helicopter had crushed.

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