South Korea fighter jet crashes, pilots killed

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

South Korea fighter jet crashes, pilots killed

Two South Korean Air Force pilots were killed when their fighter jet crashed at sea as they returned from a training mission on Friday, an official said, three months after two jets of the same model crashed.

The F-5 jet was last spotted about 1.8 km (1.1 miles) out from an east coast air base when it disappeared from radar during a morning training flight, the Defence Ministry official said.

Rescuers pulled the bodies of the two pilots from the crash site, he said. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Two F-5s crashed in March during a training mission, killing three pilots.

The supersonic F-5 fighter, developed by Northrop Grumman and first flown in the early 1960s, remains in service in air forces around the world, including the United States, Brazil and Thailand.

The model that crashed was assembled in South Korea.

North and South Korea are technically still at war under a truce that stopped fighting in the 1950-53 Korean War.


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Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2010, 11:56

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