Taipei (CNA) – The Air Force announced on Wednesday that it has located a signal similar to that sent from the black box of a Mirage-2000 fighter jet, as the search for a fighter jet that went missing last Tuesday continues.
Two days after the Air Force reportedly detected a signal in the vicinity where the jet disappeared, it released a press statement Wednesday evening saying the location of the signal has been pinpointed at 145 kilometers north by northeast of Keelung. According to an unnamed Air Force official, Navy vessels are already conducting a search in the area.
However, there has been no official confirmation as to whether the black box has been found, given that such signals are regularly distorted by ocean currents and the seabed, the official added. The source of the signal must be found before it can be confirmed whether it is the missing Mirage-2000’s black box.
The aircraft, piloted by Captain Ho Tzu-yu (何子雨), took off at 6:09 p.m. on Nov. 7 on a regular nighttime training exercise before losing contact with the control tower at 6:43 p.m. about 90 nautical miles north-northeast of Keelung.
Despite an intensive search launched the night of the plane’s disappearance, rescue teams have so far failed to locate the missing aircraft or its pilot.
By Lu Hsin-hui and Kuan-lin Liu