PLA pilot warns Taiwanese flier in rare airborne face-off

A People’s Liberation Army Air Force pilot flying an H-6K strategic bomber on Thursday morning told a Taiwanese airman on board an F-16 fighter to leave the vicinity “or proceed at your peril,” in a rare direct radio communication within the island’s air defense zone.

The 50-second communication at around 9am was accidentally picked up by an amateur radio operator on the island, who gave the recording to Taiwan Apple Daily.

Reportedly the PLAAF pilot, having spotted a Taiwanese fighter approaching, first hailed that plane’s pilot on an emergency channel.

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