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Two pilots safely crash-land trainer plane on riverbed
教練機迫降河床 兩機員平安

An ROC Air Force T-34 training aircraft lies on a dry riverbed in Pingtung County, May 29. The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing because of an engine failure.
一架中華民國空軍的T-34教練機五月二十九日停在屏東縣的一個河床上。該飛機因為引擎故障緊急迫降於河床。

Photo: Luo Hsin-jen, Taipei Times
照片:自由時報記者羅欣貞

Two-seater T-34 training aircraft no. 3413 of the Air Force Academy experienced an engine failure last Sunday during a routine training flight, and was forced to make an emergency landing on the riverbed in the Kaoping River. Flight instructor Colonel Lai Wen-yu and the pilot, Second Lieutenant Chen Hou-chun, landed safely. The Air Force authorities immediately sent an investigative taskforce to handle the issue, and ordered all aircraft of the same model to be grounded.

The Air Force Academy said the single-engine aircraft took off from the academy’s runway in Greater Kaohsiung’s Gangshan District at 11:01am. The engine failure occured at 11:16am. They originally decided to land on another airbase in Pingtung County, but since it was too far, Lai decided to crash-land on an open sand field in Kaoping River. They finally landed 27km east of the Air Force Academy airport at 11:26am. After landing the aircraft layed flat on its belly on the riverbed.

The Air Force Academy said that 23-year-old Chen, who sat in the front seat, has accumulated 86 hours in-flight and belongs to the class of 2010. 45-year-old Lai has 2,853 hours in-flight and belongs to the class of 1988.

Last year two T-34 training aircraft crashed in the mountains of Namasia and Liukuei townships in Greater Kaohsiung, tragically causing four people to be killed in the line of duty. This most recent crash-landing of yet another T-34 training aircraft after experiencing engine failure leaves people once again questioning just how safe this model is.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU)

空軍官校編號3413的T-34雙人座教練機,上週日上午在例行訓練飛行時空中熄火,被迫緊急降落高屏溪河床,機上上校教官賴紋由、少尉學官陳厚郡兩人平安。空軍立即派出調查小組處理,並要求同機型全部停飛。

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. investigative adj.

調查的 (diao4 cha2 de5)

例: Scientists appeared before a congressional investigative hearing yesterday to explain how to better curb the effects of climate change.

(科學家昨日出席國會調查公聽會,解釋如何更緩和氣候變化的影響。)

2. accumulate v.

累積 (lei3 ji1)

例: The students accumulated a lot of valuable experience during their study abroad trip to Spain last year.

(學生去年在西班牙遊學,累積了許多可貴的經驗。)

3. tragically adv.

不幸地﹔悲慘地 (bu4 xing4 de5; bei1 can3 de5)

例: They tragically lost both of their children during the war.

(他們在戰爭中不幸地失去了兩個孩子。)


空軍官校表示,該單引擎教練機昨天上午十一點零一分,從高市岡山空軍官校機場起飛,十一點十六分發動機熄火,原本打算迫降屏東另一個基地,但距離太遠,賴紋由決定在空曠的高屏溪沙地迫降。於是十一點二十六分降落,約在空軍官校機場東方二十七點三三公里處。教練機迫降後平躺在河床上。

空軍官校指出,前座少尉學官陳厚郡,空軍官校九十九年班,二十三歲,累積飛行時數八十六小時。後座上校教官賴紋由,空軍官校七十七年班,四十五歲,飛行時數二八五三小時。

去年接連有兩架T-34教練機分別在高市那瑪夏、六龜山區失事墜毀,造成四人不幸殉職。又有這次T-34教練機因發動機熄火發生迫降,T-34的飛行安全問題,再度備受各界質疑。

(自由時報記者羅欣貞、蘇福男、游太郎)

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