One person has died and several buildings appear to have been flattened after a fighter jet crashed near a city airport in China’s Hubei Province.
- The cause of the crash is being investigated after the military jet “fell in the vicinity of an airport”
- Its pilot is in hospital after parachuting to safety
- Several buildings appeared to have been flattened by the jet
The plane, an Air Force J-7, “had an accident during training and fell in the vicinity of an airport … causing damage to private homes”, according to China’s state broadcaster, CCTV, on Thursday.
A CCTV news report added that the pilot parachuted to safety and was taken to hospital, along with two bystanders.
The cause of the crash — which happened in Xiangtan, a city in Hubei — is being investigated.
Footage of the crash site posted online by the Xinhua news agency showed flames sending black smoke billowing into the air from a street in Xiangtan.
Several buildings appeared to have been flattened in the incident.
Incident follows passenger and navy jet crashes
In 2019, two pilots died when a navy plane crashed in the island province of Hainan.
In March this year, a civil aircraft crashed in the southern province of Guangxi, killing 132 people in China’s worst air disaster in decades.
The China Eastern flight MU5375 was travelling from the cities of Kunming to Guangzhou when it inexplicably plummeted from an altitude of 29,000 feet into a mountainside.
China’s civil aviation authority did not immediately find any reason for the incident, and has said an investigation is ongoing.
Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that US investigators believe someone on board crashed the American-made Boeing 737-800 deliberately, citing a person familiar with a preliminary assessment of the incident.