Two Taiwan fighter jets missing after suspected mid-air collision

Two Taiwanese fighter jets went missing on Monday after a suspected mid-air collision off the island’s southern coast, the government rescue agency said. The two F-5E jets disappeared from radar around 3pm (0700 GMT) some 2.6 kilometres (1.6 miles) off the coast of rural southern Pingtung county, the National Rescue Command Centre said. They were among four F-5E jets that took off some 30 minutes earlier for a routine training mission, the centre said, adding a helicopter and coastguard ships had joined the search. Taiwan’s aged fighter fleet has suffered a string of fatal accidents in recent …

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