The aircraft that crashed on Monday was said to be a new type of refuelling plane modified from the Y-8. Photo: Handout

‘At least 12 crew members killed’ in Chinese military plane crash

Incident during exercise in Guizhou shows ‘imperfect’ aircraft might not be up to the task of intensive drills in the region, military source says

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The aircraft that crashed on Monday was said to be a new type of refuelling plane modified from the Y-8. Photo: Handout
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Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan

Minnie Chan is an award-winning journalist, specialising in reporting on defence and diplomacy in China. Her coverage of the US EP-3 spy plane crash with a PLA J-8 in 2001 near the South China Sea opened her door to the military world. Since then, she has had several scoops relating to China's military development. She has been at the Post since 2005 and has a master's in international public affairs from The University of Hong Kong.