Kyodo News InternationalMay 20, 2013 03:45
All of Taiwan's French-made Mirage 2000 fighter jets were grounded for safety checks Monday after one of the aircraft crashed into the sea off the island's northwestern coast earlier in the day, the island's military said.
The Defense Ministry, in a statement, said the accident took place at 10:18 a.m., 24 minutes after the jet took off from an air base in the city of Hsinchu.
The two pilots managed to eject safely. They were retrieved by an Air Force rescue team at 11:32 a.m. and taken to hospital for evaluation.