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Bangkok: Pilot killed as Thai fighter jet crashes at air show during country's Children's Day

A Thai air force pilot died when his fighter jet crashed at an air show during the country's Children's Day. The Ministry of Defense is investigating the cause of the crash.


By   |  Updated On : January 14, 2017 12:09 PM
Bangkok: Pilot killed as Thai fighter jet crashes at air show during country's Children's Day (Representational Image)

Bangkok: Pilot killed as Thai fighter jet crashes at air show during country's Children's Day (Representational Image)

Bangkok :  

A Thai air force pilot has died when his fighter jet crashed at an air show during the country's Children's Day.

Amateur video footage shows the JAS 39 Gripen jet maneuvering over the Hat Yai air base in southern Thailand when it suddenly lost altitude and crashed in a ball of fireaway from spectators.

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The Ministry of Defense is investigating the cause of the crash. Deputy government spokesman Werachon Sukondhapatipakerachon says Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ochaexpressed condolences to the pilot's family. Children's Day is usually observed with public outings atmilitary bases. 

First Published: Saturday, January 14, 2017 11:57 AM

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