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In Taiwan, F-16 flights were suspended after a modernized fighter fell into the sea


From the island of Taiwan, reports of an incident with an F-16 fighter are coming. It is reported that during the flight after undergoing modernization, the fighter fell into the sea.

From the summary of the press service of the Ministry of Defense of Taiwan:

The most advanced type of fighter in our Air Force - the F-16V - disappeared from the radar screens after taking off from the Chiayi airbase. He fell into the sea. Searches are in progress.

Chiayi Air Base is located in southern Taiwan.

Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen personally gave the order to conduct a search and rescue operation and find out the reasons for the incident.

Local press reports say several people witnessed the F-16V crash into the sea. Helicopters and ships were sent to search for the crew members.

At the moment, the command of the Taiwan Air Force has decided to suspend flights of all F-16 fighters.

It is emphasized that after passing through the modernization, the aircraft received a technical certificate of flight compliance. In this regard, questions arose as to whether the fall of the fighter could be associated with a technical problem that manifested itself during the flight, or whether it could be a human factor. Military experts in Taiwan suggest that the pilots have not yet received sufficient training in the operation of the upgraded versions of the fighters.

Earlier, in 2020, the F-16 (its un-upgraded version) also fell into the sea. Then the reason was called "the inadequate level of preparation of the aircraft for flight by technical services." What exactly is meant is not reported until now.

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  1. Mavrikiy
    Mavrikiy 12 January 2022 07: 59
    after falling into the sea of ​​a modernized fighter
    Perhaps GDP meant something similar for NAT and the United States. request
  2. Asad
    Asad 12 January 2022 08: 02
    Health pilots, the plane will still be bought.
    APASUS 12 January 2022 08: 19
    Military experts in Taiwan suggest that the pilots have not yet received sufficient training in the operation of the upgraded versions of the fighters.

    I can't understand how this can be at all? They put the pilot in the cockpit and say that he would not touch the handles .............. nonsense
    1. grandfather_Kostya
      grandfather_Kostya 12 January 2022 11: 10
      The essence of the modernization was that the F-16 was taught to dive into the water to search for submarines, but the pilot was not told about it.
  4. Mountain shooter
    Mountain shooter 12 January 2022 08: 20
    It happens. Warplanes are falling. What's with the pilot? Iron, it is iron ...
  5. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 12 January 2022 09: 55
    A single-engine aircraft differs from a twin-engine one. Zagloh dvigun trust only in God. 4 - 600 aircraft were produced, air crashes with the loss of an aircraft 4700, combat losses of 670 aircraft. It's time to confer the title of "Widowmaker 160". First place is F 2 Starfighter, by a large margin from all of us.
    1. Pete mitchell
      Pete mitchell 12 January 2022 10: 53
      At one time, the amerovskie themselves said: we call the 16th - dart... Why? Because they stick like arrows from a dart.
      I hope they find the pilot, and iron is iron
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 12 January 2022 11: 14
        The F-16 has a high accident rate.
        Nevertheless, the aircraft has become the most widespread in the world, and has been in production for 50 years, with continuous modernization.
        The F-35, which replaces the F-16 in the single-engine fighter-bomber category, has a very low accident rate.
        And the capabilities exceed the F-16 several times.
        At the same time, the F-16 is praised, and the F-35 is scolded. belay
        1. Ratmir_Ryazan
          Ratmir_Ryazan 12 January 2022 12: 02
          The F-35 has a low accident rate for the reason that this fighter is new, the most experienced pilots are put on it and these planes are still very much cherished.

          But they will begin to fully exploit them, and the F-35 will still overtake the F-16 in accidents.
          1. voyaka uh
            voyaka uh 12 January 2022 12: 11
            The F-35 has already flown 500,000 hours in the world.
            Pilots in Israel all fly it. Training is compulsory - this becomes the main aircraft of the Air Force.
            It's the same in Norway. There are no other planes.
            Young pilots master the F-35 even better than veterans - it is easier for young pilots to master virtual reality (without turning their heads in search of an enemy).
            The F-35 is easier to control than the F-16 and F-15.
  6. Ratmir_Ryazan
    Ratmir_Ryazan 12 January 2022 11: 59
    F-16 is a very emergency aircraft, for various reasons one in seven of all built ones crashed.
  7. Orsis338
    Orsis338 12 January 2022 13: 27
    There, not far in South Korea, the plane crashed F-5 II
  8. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 12 January 2022 20: 48
    The flight was too short, the operating system from "Microsoft" did not have time to download the updates and, having sent a bug report, sent the plane to reboot.
  9. Cat Alexandrovich
    Cat Alexandrovich 13 January 2022 10: 04
    "Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen personally ordered the search and rescue operation" ...
    What a stupid Taiwanese military! I myself could not have guessed to start! laughing