Memory unit of crashed F-16 found, to be sent to U.S.

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Photo courtesy of Air Force Command Headquarters

Photo courtesy of Air Force Command Headquarters

Taipei, July 9 (CNA) Searchers have found the crash survivable memory unit (CSMU) from the flight data recorder of an F-16 jet fighter that crashed last month in New Taipei, which could help solve the mystery behind the crash that led to the death of the plane's pilot.

The CSMU of the crashed jet was found around noon Monday and will be sent to the U.S. company that produced it for further analysis in the hope of determining the cause of the accident, according to an Air Force statement.

The crash occurred on June 4 when a single-seat F-16 fighter plane, piloted by Major Wu Yen-ting (吳彥霆), disappeared from radar screens at 1:43 p.m., nearly half an hour after it took off from Hualien Air Base to participate in the annual Han Kuang military drill.

The military later believed the plane crashed in mountains north of New Taipei after a hiker called police at around 3:30 p.m. to report finding possible wreckage of the fighter jet.

Parts of Wu's body were later found on Wufen Mountain (五分山) in New Taipei's Rueifang District.

Searchers also found the flight data recorder, more commonly known as the black box, of the crashed jet on June 5, but the CSMU that is normally inside the recorder was missing.

The Air Force has attributed the cause of the tragedy to "a combination of factors, including poor weather conditions and human error," based on its initial findings, but has yet to come up with a definitive cause.

Wu, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 2009, had 1,039 hours of flying experience, including 736 hours flying the F-16, according to the Air Force.

The 31-year-old pilot was survived by his wife, who is also a servicewoman in the Air Force, and a three-year-old son.

(By Joseph Yeh)

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