A People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) J-10 fighter jet crashed into a mountain on the Tibetan Plateau while conducting a low-altitude flying drill, the South China Morning Post (SCMP) reported citing an unnamed source.
According to the report, the incident occurred around two weeks ago and the pilot of the aircraft ejected safely before the crash.
“Preliminary investigations indicated that the accident had something to with the Russian-made AL-31 engine onboard the J-10”, the source was quoted as saying in the report.
It is not currently known which variant of the jet was involved in the crash.
Chengdu J-10 (NATO reporting name: Firebird), is a lightweight multirole fighter aircraft produced by the Chengdu Aircraft Corporation (CAC) for the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF). The aircraft has a delta wing and canard design, and is equipped with fly-by-wire flight controls. It is capable of all-weather operation.
SCMP also reported a fatal accident that happened about three weeks ago in central Henan province, when a transport helicopter crashed, killing all three people on board. The deceased were identified as Gong Dachuan, Wen Weibin and Luo Wei.
“The three people were conducting some tests on the helicopter,” SCMP quoted a local source as saying who declined to disclose where the crash happened and the nature of the test.