Two U.S. F-18 fighters forced to land in Taiwan (update)

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2015/04/01
By: Elaine Hou and Lu Hsin-hui

Taipei, April 1 (CNA) Two American F-18 fighters have made a rare landing at an Air Force

Photo courtesy of an eyewitness

Photo courtesy of an eyewitness

base in Taiwan after one of the planes encountered mechanical problems, Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defense confirmed Wednesday.

The pilots landed their planes at Tainan Air Force Base at 1:19 p.m. on Wednesday after requesting permission to land because of a mechanical glitch in one of the two aircraft, the ministry said.

Mark Zimmer, the spokesman for the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), the U.S.’s de facto embassy in Taiwan, could not provide further details on the planes, but he confirmed that the crew members and the planes are safe and thanked Taiwan for its assistance.     [FULL  STORY]

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