By Matthew Strong
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – An AT-3 Air Force training plane went missing over the mountains of Southern Taiwan with two officers on board, reports said Tuesday afternoon.
The officers were named as Major Wang Ching-yun and Lieutenant Huang Chun-jung.
The plane had taken off from the Gangshan officers school Air Force Base in Kaohsiung City at 11:50 a.m. for a routine training mission, officials said. However, at 12:20 p.m., radar lost contact with the crew.
Alouette aircraft from an air base in Chiayi had joined in the search for the missing plane, reports said.
Initial reports placed the location of the disappearance over Nantou County’s Xinyi township, a vast area including mostly mountainous terrain.
Wang had more than 1,489 flying hours on his record, while Huang had 116 hours, reports said.
The AT-3 were built by Taiwan’s Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation in cooperation with Northrop of the United States. The first of 62 aircraft came into service in 1984.