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2 South Korean air force planes collide mid-air, 4 dead

The two KT-1 aircraft, South Korea’s first indigenously developed planes, were on a training mission when they collided and crashed near an air force base in Sacheon

April 01, 2022 / 03:20 PM IST
Two South Korean air force planes collided in mid-air during training and crashed near their base on April 1, killing all four people aboard the aircraft, officials said. Both planes were KT-1 trainer aircraft — South Korea’s first indigenously developed planes — that took off from an air force base in the southeastern city of Sacheon one after another for flight training, the air force said in a statement. (Image: AP)
Two South Korean air force planes collided mid-air during training and crashed near their base on April 1, killing all four people aboard the aircraft, officials said. Both planes were KT-1 trainer aircraft—South Korea’s first indigenously developed planes—that took off from an air force base in the southeastern city of Sacheon one after another for flight training, the air force said in a statement. (Image: AP)
The collision occurred about five minutes after the first aircraft took off and about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) south of the Sacheon base, the air force said. Two people — a trainer pilot and an instructor — were aboard each of the two KT-1 aircraft. All four ejected from the planes but were later found dead, the air force statement said. The four victims were identified as two first lieutenants and their instructors, both civilian employees at the air force. (Image: AP)
The collision occurred about five minutes after the first aircraft took off and about 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) south of the Sacheon base, the air force said. Two people—a trainer pilot and an instructor — were aboard each of the two KT-1 aircraft. All four ejected from the planes but were later found dead, the air force statement said. The four victims were identified as two first lieutenants and their instructors, both civilian employees at the air force. (Image: AP)
The KT-1 has been used by the country’s air force since 2000. Sacheon was the site of another KT-1 crash in November 2003 that killed a trainer pilot. The air force said it will launch a task force to investigate what caused the collision. The air force said the crashes didn’t cause any civilian casualties on the ground and it was trying to determine if any civilian property was damaged. (Image: AP)
The KT-1 has been used by the country’s air force since 2000. Sacheon was the site of another KT-1 crash in November 2003 that killed a trainer pilot. The air force said it will launch a task force to investigate the cause of the collision. The air force said the crashes didn’t cause any civilian casualties on the ground and it was trying to determine if any civilian property was damaged. (Image: AP)
Lee Seong-gyeong, a Sacheon police official, said a passenger car was destroyed after being hit by wreckage but added that officials weren't immediately aware of any other notable damage to civilian property. South Korean media published photos of the mangled vehicle surrounded by scattered machinery parts that were apparently from the planes. Local emergency officials earlier said three bodies had been found in a mountainous area and a farming field in Sacheon. They said they believed the planes crashed into a mountain because a fire erupted there. Local officials said three helicopters, 20 vehicles and dozens of emergency workers were dispatched to the presumed crash sites. They said a number of military personnel were also sent there. (Image: AP)
Lee Seong-gyeong, a Sacheon police official, said a passenger car was destroyed after being hit by wreckage but added that officials weren't immediately aware of any other notable damage to civilian property. South Korean media published photos of the mangled vehicle surrounded by scattered machinery parts that were apparently from the planes. Local emergency officials earlier said three bodies had been found in a mountainous area and a farming field in Sacheon. They said they believed the planes crashed into a mountain because a fire erupted there. Local officials said three helicopters, 20 vehicles and dozens of emergency workers were dispatched to the presumed crash sites. They said a number of military personnel were also sent there. (Image: AP)
Associated Press
first published: Apr 1, 2022 03:20 pm
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