Taiwan denies shooting down a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet

New Delhi (NVI): The Taiwan Ministry of National Defence has denied reports on social media that a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet had been shot down by Taiwan air defense systems.

Several viral posts and videos claiming Taiwan to have shot down a Chinese Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jet set the media abuzz today. Social media footage showed the wreckage of a plane burning near a building.


Taking note of the reports and social media posts, Taiwanese officials later clarified that all these reports were false and urged netizens not to spread the fake news.

“In response to rumors online that claim a Chinese Su-35 fighter jet had been shot down by Taiwan air defense systems, #ROCAirForce would like to categorically state this is fake news. We urge netizens to not spread it and strongly condemn this malicious act,” Taiwan’s Ministry of National Defence said in a tweet.

Videos circulated on Twitter showed the wreckage of an aircraft engulfed in flames and thick smoke. Several posts claimed that it was a Sukhoi Su-35 fighter plane that fell down in the city of Guilin in southern Chinese province Guangxi, reported the Daily Mail.

-ARK