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F-16 jet fighter skids off runway, pilot unharmed

ROC Central News Agency

2008-03-25 20:25:01

    Taipei, March 25 (CNA) An F-16 fighter plane veered off the runway due to a suspected faulty braking system, but the pilot was unharmed, a spokesman of the Hualien Airport in eastern Taiwan said Tuesday.

    The fighter jet took off at around 2 p.m. for routine combat drills. When it returned to the military-civil airport at around 3 p.m. it skidded off the runway into a patch of grass nearby, probably due to mechanical failure that caused the braking system to malfunction, the spokesman said.

    The airport was forced to close for 30 minutes and did not reopen until 3:30 p.m.

    The pilot, surnamed Yang, of the single-seat jet fighter has about 300 flying hours.

    The Air Force is conducting an investigation into the cause of the accident, the spokesman said.

(By Lilian Wu)

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