F16A jet of Thai Air Force found crashed

20:27, October 18, 2010      

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An F16 jet fighter of Thai Air Force crashed in northern Tak province, killing the pilot, Tak governor Samart Loyfa said.

The jet fighter disappeared from the radar at 10 a.m. while it was flying to Wing 41 in northern Chiang Mai province from Wing 4 in central Nakhon Sawan province along with other three jet fighters. However, the other three reportedly arrived at Chiang Mai safely.

The investigation team went to inspect the area after the local villagers said they heard crashing sound and urged the authorities to go there.

The jet fighter was found crashed in a mountainous area in Ban Tak district, Tak province. Body of the pilot was mutilated but his name tag identified him as Flight Lieutenant Ekthakorn Luangrungwaree, 31 year-old.

According to Air Force spokesman Gp. Capt. Monton Satchukorn, Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee has already been ordered to examine the area where the accident took place to clarify whether poor weather caused the tragedy.

This single-seat F16A jet has been in use in the Royal Thai Air Force since 1997.

Source: Xinhua


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