By: Elaine Hou
Taipei, Sept. 26 (CNA) The two pilots on an AT-3 Air Force Academy training aircraft that lost contact with air traffic controllers Tuesday have been found dead in the cabin of the aircraft that went down in the mountainous areas of central Taiwan, the Ministry of National Defense confirmed Saturday.
Army Special Forces soldiers found the bodies of the pilots at about 12:50 p.m. Saturday after military personnel on an Army CH-47 helicopter spotted debris from the crash, the defense ministry said.
According to the Air Force, the aircraft, which had been in service for about 27 years, took off from an air force base in the southern city of Kaohsiung at around 11:55 a.m. Tuesday and lost contact with air traffic controllers 30 minutes later.
Maj. Wang Ching-chun (王勁鈞), 32, was in the front seat of the plane, and 1st. Lt. Huang Chun-jung (黃俊榮), 23, was in the back seat during the routine training flight, according to the Air Force. [FULL STOR]