Saturday, October 15, 2011

One Pilot confirmed dead in China Air Show Crash

BEIJING  :  One out of two pilots of a Chinese fighter jet which plunged to the ground and exploded at an air show was confirmed dead Saturday, state media reported. 

He was initially reported missing while his co-pilot ejected at the last minute and survived the crash Friday at the international air show in the northern city of Xian. 

No spectators were killed or injured in the crash which occurred two kilometres from the stands. A minute's silence was observed at the show in memory of the dead pilot, the official Xinhua news agency said, quoting an official at the Yanliang aviation base. 

According to state television CCTV said it was a Xiaolong ("Fierce Dragon") fighter jet or FC-1 which is the result of a joint Sino-Pakistani development programme that started in 1999. 

According to the People's Daily newspaper, some 100 foreign and domestic planes are being shown at the air show, and around 30 aircraft are putting on displays.

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