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Taiwan's F-5 fighter accidents since 1991

ROC Central News Agency

2011/09/14 21:25:54

Taipei, Sept. 14 (CNA) A twin-seater F-5F, along with an RF-5E reconnaissance plane, crashed into the mountains near Dongao in Yilan County during a training drill late Tuesday. Body parts from the three pilots aboard the two aircraft were discovered early Wednesday.

The U.S.-built F-5 fighters began operations in Taiwan's Air Force in 1974, but they were later relegated to training and intelligence gathering missions after the Air Force acquired a new generation of jet fighters, such as F-16s and Mirage 2000-5s, in the 1990s.

The following are all accidents involving F-5s since 1991: 1. May 24, 1991 / Tainan

Model: F-5E fighter

Casualties: 1 dead 2. May 28, 1991 / Pingtung

Model: F-5E fighter

Casualties: 1 dead 3. July 26, 1991 / Yunlin

Model: F-5E fighter

Casualties: 0 dead 4. May 28, 1992 / off the coast of Hualien

Model: F-5E fighter

Casualties: 1 dead 5. Oct. 5, 1992 / off the coast of Penghu

Model: F-5F fighter

Casualties: 2 dead 6. Dec. 20, 1995 / off the coast of Taichung

Model: F-5E fighter

Casualties: 1 dead 7. June 2, 1996 / off the coast of Taitung

Model: F-5F fighter

Casualties: 2 dead 8. Sept. 30, 1997 / Hualien

Model: F-5E and F-5F fighters

Casualties: 3 dead 9. Oct. 5, 2001 / off the coast of Taitung

Model: F-5F fighter

Casualties: 2 missing 10. Oct. 12, 2003 / off the coast of Hsinchu

Model: RF-5E reconnaissance plane

Casualties: 0 dead 11. June 17, 2006 / Chiayi

Model: F-5F fighter

Casualties: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured 12. Aug. 28, 2006 / airbase in Taitung

Model: F-5F fighter

Casualties: 0 dead 13. May 11, 2007 / Hsinchu

Model: F-5F fighter

Casualties: 2 dead 14. July 15, 2009 / off the coast of Penghu

Model: F-5F fighter

Casualties: 2 missing 15. Sept. 13, 2011 / Yilan

Model: F-5F fighter and RF-5E reconnaissance plane

Casualties: 3 dead Total: 15 incidents, 17 dead, 4 missing and 1 injured Sources: Legislator Chai Trong-rong and United Daily News

(By James Lee) ENDITEM/ly



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