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Chinese fighter jet crashes in Shantou, Guangdong

(People's Daily Online)

10:26, December 05, 2012

A fighter jet of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) crashed into a suburban house in Shantou city in south China's Guangdong province on Tuesday.

The crashed fighter jet was a J-7 that encountered a mechanical failure during a routine training operation near an airport in Shantou, China's Ministry of National Defense confirmed.

The pilot parachuted to safety before the crash, which damaged a civilian house and injured four people. The four civilians were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.

According to the ministry, an investigation into the crash is under way.

Read the Chinese version: 空军一架飞机在广东汕头坠毁; Source: People's Daily; Author: Feng Chunmei

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