Chinese Military Aircraft Crashes in Guizhou

A Chinese military aircraft has crashed during a training flight in Guizhou province in Southwest China on Jan. 29, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force said in a statement.

The statement did not reveal the type of plane involved in the incident or if there were any casualties. Multiple videos and photos circulated on Weibo show a jet crashed into a mountainous region near Zhengchang village of Suiyang in Guizhou Province.

According to some media reports, the aircraft involved is a PLA Air Force Y-8GX4 Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) aircraft, with serial no: 30513, assigned to the PLAAF 20th Special Missions Division. The Y-8G fleet of the division is reportedly based close to the crash site. Some reports added that around 40 people were killed in the crash and there are no survivors.

Shaanxi Y-8 or Yunshuji-8 (Chinese: 运-8) aircraft is a medium size medium range transport aircraft produced by Shaanxi Aircraft Corporation in China, based on the Soviet Antonov An-12.

It has become one of China’s most popular military and civilian transport/cargo aircraft, with many variants produced and exported.

Although the An-12 is no longer made in Ukraine, the Chinese Y-8 continues to be upgraded and produced. An estimated 169 Y-8 aircraft had been built by 2010.

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