Two men died after 2 Taiwanese fighter jet crashes. Singapore Army sent people to Taiwan to train. The two servicemen who died in the incident have been identified as 19-year-old Corporal (CPL) Isz Sazli Bin Sapari and 23-year-old Private (PTE) Fan Yao Jin. Their next of kin have been informed. (Source)
Taiwanese fighter jet crashes; 2 pilots, 2 Singapore soldiers killed
TAIPEI : A Taiwanese fighter jet crashed on Friday morning during an exercise, killing its two pilots.
The aircraft crashed within the grounds of a military base in Hukou, some 50 kilometres south of the capital Taipei.
Two visiting Singaporean military personnel were also killed, and two others have been hospitalised.
Two visiting Singaporean soldiers who were in a storeroom at the base were killed.
Nine other Singaporeans were injured, two of them seriously.
They were there in support of the Singapore Armed Forces’ unilateral training in Taiwan.
According to doctors, both men suffered from second to third degree burns on their head, shoulders and back.
They are now undergoing intensive care at the hospital’s burns centre and doctors are desperately trying to stabilise their condition.
The Taiwanese Defence Ministry has grounded all its F-5F fighters pending the outcome of an investigation into the accident.
This is the second crash involving an F-5F jet fighter in a year.
Last June, an F-5F crashed into a rice field during a training flight, killing a pilot and injuring the other pilot.
Taiwan has about 60 ageing F-5 jets, and it is trying to replace them with newer fighter aircraft. – CNA/ch
I was blissfully unaware of this news, I was happily reading news about Paris Hilton and Bush impeachment. I’m a little amused that they had to stress the training as unilateral.