Want China Times
A US military spokesperson said Thursday that the reason for landing two F-18 fighters in
Taiwan was based on proximity and weather conditions, downplaying speculation that the landing was a “political message to China.”
“The reason for selecting Taiwan as a landing site was based on proximity and weather conducive to landing,” said Major Paul L. Greenberg, a public affairs officer for the US Marine Corps. He said that safety is always a top priority in a flight operation.
“Our pilots have the responsibility for diverting their aircraft to the nearest approved airfield if they experience an in-flight condition which they deem unsafe,” he said. “This is done in order to protect the pilots, crew and the aircraft.” [FULL STORY]