Two United States F-18 fighters made a rare emergency landing at Taiwan’s Tainan air force base at 1:19 p.m. on Wednesday. Taiwanese government (Republic of China) said US requested to make an emergency landing after one of the fighters experienced a mechanical glitch, Central New Agency reports.
Mark Zimmer, a spokesman from American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) told CNA that the F-18s took off from a U.S. base in Japan and were heading to Southeast Asia for routine mission and training exercise. AIT is the de facto U.S. embassy in Taiwan.
Today, a US C-130 carrying American maintenance personnel and aircraft parts arrived at Tainan Air Force Base to carry out the repair of one F-18.
Mainland China, in connection with the said rare emergency landing of US fighters in Taiwan, calls on US to respect one China policy. “China urges the US to abide by the one China policy and the principles enshrined in the three joint communiques between China and the US,” a foreign ministry spokesperson said. “Prudently and properly handle relevant issues and prevent similar case from emerging again.”
This incident happened days after mainland China’s PLA Air Force bomber planes conducted first military training in Pacific Ocean via Luzon Strait located between Batanes and Taiwan, March 30.