1 dead, 2 injured after Chinese military jet crashes during training in central China
Chinese military jet crash leaves 1 dead, 2 injured and houses on fire in central Hubei province
- State media reports J-7 fighter jet crashed near Laohekou Airport in Hubei province on Thursday morning, with Xinhua video showing houses at the scene ablaze
- Pilot injured after parachuting out of aircraft, cause of crash and other casualties being investigated
One person has died and two are injured after a military jet crashed near the airport in Laohekou, Xiangyang, in central Hubei province on Thursday morning.
State broadcaster CCTV’s military channel reported that a J-7 fighter jet crashed during training. The pilot parachuted from the plane and was taken to hospital for examination and treatment along with two injured members of the public.
The cause of the crash and whether there are other casualties are being further investigated, CCTV Military reported.
Video posted by state news agency Xinhua and circulating on social media shows several houses on fire at the scene.
Emergency department personnel rushed to the crash site, according to Xinhua.
The J-7 fighter jet was developed in China in the 1960s and is designed mainly for short-range air-to-air combat. Its production was suspended in 2013 and a derivative aircraft is now mainly used for pilot training.