Task force to investigate AT-3 training aircraft crash in Taiwan
Want China Times
By: CNA and Staff Reporter
The Republic of China Air Force said Saturday that it has set up a task force to investigate
the crash of an AT-3 Air Force Academy training aircraft in a mountainous area of central Taiwan during a training flight earlier this week, killing its two pilots.
The bodies of the pilots and debris of the aircraft were found in the woods in the mountainous areas of Hualien county early Saturday afternoon after days of search and rescue efforts, the military said. The aircraft lost contact with air traffic controllers on Tuesday.
The Air Force said it has set up a task force to look into the cause of the incident.
Due to bad weather on Saturday afternoon, the military has suspended its effort to bring the debris and the bodies of the pilots back to the academy in the southern city of Kaohsiung for further investigation. The military is expected to continue the mission Sunday morning, the Air Force said.
In a statement Saturday, the Ministry of National Defense expressed deep sorrow over the death of the pilots. [FULL STORY]