A Taiwan Air Force fighter plane crashed in southern China Saturday because of a mechanical failure, but the pilot ejected and was rescued, the official Chinese news agency said.

The Xinhua news agency said the Taiwan F-5E fighter plane experienced an "oil deficiency" and crashed around 10 a.m. in Fengshun, in coastal Guangdong Province.The pilot, identified as Lt. Col. Lin Xianshun, ejected and "was rescued after parachuting," the agency said.