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Taiwan loses two fighter jets in apparent collision
Taiwanese pilot killed and another missing in the ageing fleet’s third crash over the past six months.
22 Mar 2021

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A Taiwanese air force pilot has been killed and another is missing after their fighter jets disappeared in a suspected mid-air collision off the island’s southern coast, officials said.

The crash on Monday was the third such incident in the past half-year, at a time when the island’s armed forces are having to intercept Chinese aircraft on an almost daily basis.

The two F-5E jets disappeared from radar at about 3 pm (07:00 GMT) some 2.6km (1.6 miles) off the coast of rural southern Pingtung County, the National Rescue Command Centre said.

It added that the fighters, each with one pilot on board, crashed into the sea off the island’s southeastern coast after they apparently collided in midair during a training mission.

One of the pilots was found unconscious in the sea but could not be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Rescuers were still searching for the remaining pilot.

Taiwan’s defence ministry said it was working on a statement, and provided no other immediate comment. The official Central News Agency said the air force had now grounded the F-5 fleet that operates from the Chihhang airbase.

Recent accidents
Another F-5 crashed in October, killing the pilot. The following month a much more modern F-16 crashed off Taiwan’s east coast, whose pilot also died.

In January last year, Taiwan’s top military official was among eight people killed when a helicopter carrying them to visit soldiers crashed in a mountainous area near the capital Taipei.

While Taiwan’s air force is well trained and equipped, mostly with US-made equipment, it is dwarfed by China’s.
Beijing views the democratic island as its own territory and has never renounced the use of force to bring it under Chinese control.

Under President Xi Jinping, China has become markedly more hostile towards Taiwan and last year Chinese jets made a record 380 incursions into its defence zone, with some analysts warning that tensions between the two sides are at their highest since the mid-1990s.

The incursions force outgunned Taiwan to regularly scramble their own jets and keep pilots on a round-the-clock war footing that takes its toll on ageing aircraft and those flying them.

The US-built F-5E is an older generation fighter with a design that dates back to the 1960s. It first entered service in Taiwan in the late 1970s and has been mostly been retired from front-line activities, though some are still used for training and as back-up for the main fleet.




were the pilots indian?...
 

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West Germany didn't launch a military campaign to get East Germany.. they wanted unification.

If Taiwan wanted unification, then that's different.

But the PRC is a population control country. No one would want to join it.

If what you say is true, then Taiwanese themselves would want to unification. But instead they elect people like Lee and Tsai. Even Ma couldn't get unification. So what you say can't be true for the majority of the country.
Don't really understand how you connect what I post to the political situation in Taiwan.
Makes me suspect the level of your intellect.

You conveniently left out the world's SOLE HEGEMON is actively working to support dividing Taiwan from China whereas German unification had their approval and support as part of their plan to weaken the USSR.
Remember Reagan said "TEAR DOWN THE WALL"?


Without interference from the Us,intense media blitz demonizing and smearing China, China reunification would have happened already.
Hong Kong is a good example of what interference from the US can do to the FRENZIED BRAINWASHED RIOTERS willing to commit murder, kill innocents, and destroy their own land to further the foreign interest to contain China.

Luckily for China, the world seems to finally awaken to the devious schemes of the US, the WE LIE, WE CHEAT and WE STOLE, devil in disguise.
Their LOW QUALITY China smearing propaganda is fast losing credibility and support.

Those BRAINWASHED RECALCITRANT TAIWANESE, who resist to join China, can either leave or die fighting.
Either way, China will be taking back all their stolen ancestral lands.
Japanese, and South East Asian ISLAND THEIVES BEWARE.
 

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9 dash created by KMT but then copied and taken further by CCP China. If Taiwan declared independence then maybe they would no longer have any use for old KMT legacy items such as the 9 dash line.

Or the other approach is that the PRC becomes democratic and allows mult-party rule. So then the KMT party could be active in the mainland and that might make Taiwan open to developing China mainland legacy
I think we should be careful what we ask/wish for. I believe it's actually a good thing the CCP defeated the KMT and won the Chinese civil war. For one , had China been United under a single government KMT rule without CCP presence since the nationalists took power from the Qing dynasty, then I believe China will not only be larger in size today but also much more assertive. For one, there will be no Taiwan issue since the brutal dictatorial KMT under Chiang will never have fled to Taiwan and any resistance would have brutally suppressed like KMT did when they fled to Taiwan . No dissidence was allowed. People forget that Chiang was as ruthless and brutal if not even more than Mao. Lol. The only disadvantage he had at the time was that China had been weakened by years of fractured warlords which the KMT was trying hard to suppress and unify the country under one central government. However, it wasn't an easy task with many foreign powers preying on China( UK, France, Russia, Japan, US etc) and even financing some of those warlords. Add to that the growing power of the Communists (CCP) supported ideologically by the Soviets back then. You can see that it was a very difficult task at that point in time. Add to the fact that the powerful imperial Japanese military invaded China as well. You can see that any party in power at the time would have found it hard to do better or keep the country strong and United.

The KMT never had the opportunity to rule a peaceful United China , had they had the chance to do so , I think they would have been more assertive and ruthless than the CCP especially towards their neighbours. Bare in mind that it was this same KMT that came up with the nine dash line even when they were preoccupied with fighting several warlords, CCP and fighting a Japanese Invasion while dealing with the many powers involved in China for their interests. Imagine a KMT who was not facing all this internal issues. They would have been far worse. For one I don't believe the Indians would have been able to keep arunachal Pradesh for a start, Vietnam would have had it even worse, KMT hated anything Communists and would have dealt with the Vietcong like rats. Vietnam wouldn't have even the nerve to challenged China in SCS as the KMT had no lost love for them.
You have to know that democracies also can lead to nationalistic candidates being elected and I'm sure China would have elected an even more nationalist president if given the chance, and that leader would have needed to prove himself by being even more assertive.
Ironically, The totalitarian one party CCP is actually a good thing for China's neighbors and for us. They are more predictable and cautious and mostly non interventionist. :)
 
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You conveniently left out the world's SOLE HEGEMON
You Indonesians may think America is world's sole hegemon. We Chinese do not think so. Mainland China is bigger than America mainland. What are the qualifications America is world's sole hegemon? Other than being a bully, give me another one.
 

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You Indonesians may think America is world's sole hegemon. We Chinese do not think so. Mainland China is bigger than America mainland. What are the qualifications America is world's sole hegemon? Other than being a bully, give me another one.
Why "We Chinese"?
You are Canadian and NOT CHINESE.
Only IDIOTS would want to claim hegemony, with its unsavory connotations, for their country.
The Chinese wouldn't want you to be one of them.
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Why "We Chinese"?
You are Canadian and NOT CHINESE.
Only IDIOTS would want to claim hegemony, with its unsavory connotations, for their country.
The Chinese wouldn't want you to be one of them.
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Chinese Canadian is considered Chinese. Chinese do not want hegemony. We Chinese do not build illegal military bases in Iraq and Syria without permission of their governments the way Americans do. We Chinese are not thieves who steal oil the way Americans do. We Chinese pay for oil, just like the rest of us.
 

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Chinese Canadian is considered Chinese. Chinese do not want hegemony. We Chinese do not build illegal military bases in Iraq and Syria without permission of their governments the way Americans do. We Chinese are not thieves who steal oil the way Americans do. We Chinese pay for oil, just like the rest of us.
Oh is it?
Considered "ethnic Chinese" or Chinese?
I didn't know Canadian Chinese read and write Chinese at school and celebrate Chinese holidays.
I guess Chinese is also one of Canadian official language.

Because Singapore is all of that and yet Singaporean Chinese is NOT CHINESE.
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News to you. We do.


Official language means nothing.
This will be my last response on this.

Official language means I can go into any government department and speak Chinese Mandarin and be served in Mandarin.
I watched a lot of Chinese shows and those Canadians on those shows cannot speak or read Mandarin well.
Maybe most Canadian Chinese don't go school?
Btw I speak Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien fluently and I identify myself Singaporean.
No problem calling yourself Chinese, but refrain from trying to represent the Chinese.
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This will be my last response on this.

Official language means I can go into any government department and speak Chinese Mandarin and be served in Mandarin.
I watched a lot of Chinese shows and those Canadians on those shows cannot speak or read Mandarin well.
Maybe most Canadian Chinese don't go school?
Btw I speak Mandarin, Cantonese and Hokkien fluently and I identify myself Singaporean.
No problem calling yourself Chinese, but refrain from trying to represent the Chinese.
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He is probably indian canadian or false flagger.
The way he act and comment, doesn't indicate he is chinese at all.


He using Chinese username and claimed to be Chinese canadian. Probably to stir up Chinese ethnic members against each other. Make it look like, Chinese vs Chinese in here.

Just like Jhungary & Sinosoldier who claimed to be Chinese ethnic but got busted
 

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He is probably indian canadian or false flagger.
The way he act and comment, doesn't indicate he is chinese at all.


He using Chinese username and claimed to be Chinese canadian. Probably to stir up Chinese ethnic members against each other. Make it look like, Chinese vs Chinese in here.

Just like Jhungary & Sinosoldier who claimed to be Chinese ethnic but got busted
I was thinking he is wanabee white RIOTER from Hong Kong.
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