Taipei: The Air Force said that a Taiwanese pilot crashed from a fighter jet on the east coast of the island during regular training on Thursday. This was the second deadly air crash in three months.
The Air Force said that pilot Zhu Guangmeng, who reported engine failure shortly after takeoff, ejected from the F-5E jet.
The 29-year-old was rescued from the sea unconsciously, but was unable to resurrect.
At the time of the crash, Taiwan veterans and the under-equipped Air Force were forced to meet the unprecedented requirements of Chinese fighter jets to invade its defense zone.
The island said that to warn Chinese jets, it has stepped up fighter jets at twice the rate per year.
Beijing regards autonomous and democratic Taiwan as its territory and vowed to take it back one day.
Analysts say that China’s growing buzz with Taiwan is a way to test the island’s defense response, but it will also consume its fighter jets.
The F-5E is an earlier fighter whose design dates back to the 1960s.
Air Force Chief of Staff Huang Zhiwei told reporters that since the crash, all F-5 fighter jets have been grounded for safety inspections.
In July, when the Taiwan military conducted exercises across the island, two crew members were killed in a helicopter crash, including a simulated coastal attack from China.
Since the split in 1949 after the civil war, Taiwan has been facing the threat of Chinese invasion.
Because of Beijing’s refusal to recognize her position, the island is part of “One China” piled up in Taiwan’s military, economic and diplomatic pressures because of the election of Chairman Tsai Ing-wen in 2016.