Military aircraft crashes at joint exercise
AChinese military aircraft participating in the Sino-Russian "PeaceMission-2009" joint anti-terror exercise crashed at a military trainingbase in northeast China early Sunday.
The fighter-bomber with a crew of twowas flying over the Taonan tactical training base in Jilin Provincewhen it crashed. It is not known if the crew escaped from the aircraft.
The cause for the crash was not immediately known and military authorities are investigating.
(Xinhua News Agency July 19, 2009)
Chinese plane land-crashes at Russian-Chinese military exercise
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MOSCOW, July 19 (Itar-Tass) - Chinese troops suffered a loss at the joint Russian-Chinese exercise “Peace Mission-2009”: a two-seater warplane land-crashed during the second joint training session of the two countries’ troops. Both pilots died, Itar-Tass learnt on Sunday from a reliable military source.
“A plane of the Chinese Air Force, flying to inflict a strike on a land target at an altitude of around 200 metres, lost speed, tilted to one side, land-crashed and exploded. Both pilots – officers of the Chinese Air Force – died,” the source noted.
According to a preliminary appraisal, “a blunder in piloting” was the reason for the disaster.