Taiwan media reported that a U.S. executive jet landed at Songshan Airport at 9:30 on the 15th. The plane delivered a “package” carried by a special person to the special person of AIT, and then took off at 10:07. This is the first time in recent years that the so-called “diplomatic mail” has been delivered by a special person or plane between Taiwan and the United States.
Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has no explanation or further comment on the brief landing of the U.S. executive jet at Songshan Airport.
According to the “Southwest Taiwan Airspace” fan page, the U.S. plane, which took off from the U.S. military base in Okinawa, Japan, lowered its altitude to 4,000 feet after entering Taiwan’s airspace, then turned over Taoyuan and entered the landing path of Songshan Airport, landing directly at Songshan Airport.
The Taiwan Air Force said that the aircraft’s operations were not the responsibility of the Air Force’s Songshan Base, and the Air Force did not have contact with the aircraft.
Member of the Foreign Affairs and National Defense Committee of the Legislative Yuan and Democratic Progressive Party member Wang Dingyu pointed out through Facebook at noon that the U.S. Army C-146A executive jet flew from Okinawa to Taipei Songshan Airport this morning and was guided to land, and the plane stayed for more than 10 minutes before taking off.
It is understood that the C-146A is a military version of the German Dornier 328, the C-146A can be used as an executive jet, but also as a special forces operational use, can carry 27 crew members or 6,000 pounds of cargo.
Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman Wu Qian expressed serious concern over the landing of the U.S. military aircraft in Taiwan. “Taiwan is a sacred and inseparable part of China’s territory,” he said. “Any foreign military aircraft landing on our territory must be authorized by the government of the People’s Republic of China, and any foreign ships and aircraft trespassing in our airspace will lead to serious consequences.”