February 8, 2006 (by Lieven Dewitte) - An F-16A block 20 took off from Jia Shan AB, Hua Lien, Taiwan, this morning for a routine training mission together with an F-16B. After developing a minor electrical problem it had to land for a safety check.
RoCAF F-16A/B block 20 #6717 & #6821 are coming in for landing at Hua-Lien AFB on May 18th, 2005. [A.S.I.A. Archives Images
photo by Macphil Wen]
At 10.02h a generator warning light lit up and the pilot, Xu Hong Zhou landed at 10.22h at Ching Chuan Kang AB, Tai Chung.
The jet belonged to the 26th FS
, 401st FW, Republic of China
Air Force and was armed with missiles.
As Ching Chuan Kang AB had no F-16 ground crew, a crew had to be summoned from Hua Lien to make the necessary inspection and repairs.
The Air Force Command Headquarters denied reports that the F-16 had a fuel leak problem before being forced to land. "The pilot followed standard operation procedures and landed at the nearest airfield for a safety check," air force officials said.