AIR FORCE PILOTS FORCED TO LAND F-5F ON BELLY
2004-04-13 13:44:44 P> Taipei, April 13 (CNA) The pilot and co-pilot of an ROC Air Force F-5F jet fighter were forced to land their plane on its belly Tuesday morning at an air base in central Taiwan when the plane's landing gear failed to open, the Air Force General Headquarters reported.
Neither of the pilots was injured, and the twin-seat F-5F was not damaged in the incident which occurred at 10:38 a.m.
Air Force General Headquarters officials said an investigation has begun into the incident.
F-5Es and F-5Fs used to form the backbone of the ROC Air Force prior to the recent commissioning of the second generation of jet fighters. The F-5F fighter is still used as part of Taiwan's air defenses and for training pilots.
(By Deborah Kuo)
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